Zimbabwean Teams Absent in CAF CL and Confed Cup Despite FIFA Ban Lift
The nation spent the past year on the sidelines due to sanctions imposed after the suspension of the ZIFA board by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).
While the ban has been lifted, Castle Lager Premiership champions FC Platinum and Chibuku Super Cup winners Bulawayo Chiefs will not participate in these prestigious continental tournaments. Let’s delve into the details of the situation.
FIFA Ban Lifted, But Zimbabwean Clubs Excluded
Following the suspension of the ZIFA board by the SRC, Zimbabwe faced a FIFA ban, rendering the country ineligible to participate in international football competitions.
However, with the recent appointment of a ZIFA Normalization Committee, the ban was lifted, allowing the nation to re-enter the global football arena.
Despite this development, Zimbabwean clubs FC Platinum and Bulawayo Chiefs will not be part of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup, respectively.
CAF Confirms Exclusion Ahead of Draw
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that FC Platinum and Bulawayo Chiefs will not participate in this year’s CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
This announcement came ahead of the draw for the preliminary stages, scheduled to take place at 1 pm CAT at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
The Draw and Participating Clubs
The preliminary stages draw will begin with the Confederation Cup, followed by the Champions League.
Football enthusiasts can catch the live broadcast of the draws on SuperSport TV and online streaming platforms such as the CAF official website (CAFONLINE.COM) and the official CAF YouTube Channel, CAF TV.
In this season’s CAF Champions League, 54 clubs from 42 Member Associations will engage in fierce competition, vying for the coveted title.
Simultaneously, 52 clubs representing 41 Member Associations will battle it out in the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.