No Zim clubs for Caf competitions

HARARE - Zimbabwe will not be represented in next year’s African club competitions after all eligible clubs pulled out citing a lack of financial resources.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) set November 30 as the deadline for clubs to register their participation in next year’s competitions.

Dynamos were supposed to participate in the African Champions League after winning the league but the Zimbabweans champions pulled out after failing to secure funds to finance their participation.

The Glamour Boys, who won their 21st domestic championship last weekend, were pinning their hopes on receiving financial aid from their principal sponsor BancABC but the bank declined to come to the club’s rescue.

In the African Confederations Cup, the country is supposed to be represented by FC Platinum, who won the Chibuku Super Cup, but the Zvishavane-based side are yet to confirm their interest of playing in the second-tier competition.

Efforts to get a comment from FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo could not be reached for comment by the time of going to print.

In the event that that title winners fails to participate, Caf accept the engagement of another club belonging to the concerned association from amongst the first three of the national championship upon application which shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of the Rules of the Organisation.

In this regarding, second-placed ZPC Kariba and third-placed CAPS United have a right to replace DeMbare but both clubs declined the offer.

“We have not even discussed about that; it’s something that we have not even considered. There is no budget set for it and we are not going to participate,” ZPC Kariba’s communications officer Fadzai Chisveto told the Daily News yesterday.

Joice Kapota, the CAPS United’s public relations officer said: “We cannot participate because we don’t have the capacity to sponsor. We would have loved to go but we don’t have the funding required.

“Imagine if clubs who have sponsors cannot go, what more CAPS United who have no sponsor. Things are tight and as a club we are currently not in a position to commit ourselves.”

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