Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko have been given up to May 17 by FIFA to pay $240,000 to Tunisian giants Esperance or face tough sanctions.
The Porcupine Warriors were fined by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for the illegal transfer of Emmanuel Clottey in 2015 who was then on the books of the Tunisian club.
In a statement released by FIFA, the debtor (Asante Kotoko) have been given a deadline of 30 days to settle the Creditor (Esperance).
“If payment is not made to the Creditor (Esperance) and proof of such payment is not provided to the secretariat to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and to the Ghana Football Association by this deadline:
“A ban from registering new players, either nationally or internationally, will be imposed on Debtor II (Asante Kotoko). Once the deadline has expired, the transfer ban will be implemented automatically at national and international level by the Ghana Football Association and FIFA respectively, without a further or formal decision having to be taken nor any order to be issued by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee or its Secretariat. The transfer ban shall cover all men, eleven-a-side teams of the Debtor-first team and youth categories,”
Kotoko have just 18 days to settle the long-standing debt or they will be playing in Ghana’s second-tier league and will still be required to pay the debt.
The record Ghana Premier League title holders were ordered to pay Esperance by 6 April or the Ghana FA will be ordered by FIFA to relegate them to the Division One League.