28 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Not All Hope Is Lost for Highlanders CAF Appeal

BULAWAYO giants Highlanders will wait with intense interest for the outcome of the Caf Organising Committee's deliberations on Zifa's appeal to have the three-year ban revoked so they can play in the Champions League next year.

If Bosso fail to make it, then Chicken Inn, who finished third, can get a Champions League slot while Zifa will have to decide who, between CAPS United and FC Platinum, will feel the other Confederation Cup slot.

The two teams lost in the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

An official from the Caf Competitions Division, Khaled Nassar, yesterday wrote to Zifa advising them to include Bosso in their provisional list of teams to participate in the inter-clubs competitions before Friday's deadline.

Nassar, however, said the decision to admit Highlanders will only be known on December 9 when the matter is tabled to the Bureau of Interclubs Committee.

"We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 26th 2012 concerning your request to engage Highlanders FC in Caf inter-clubs competitions. However, we would like to inform you that you that this request will be submitted to the Bureau of Interclubs Committee on December 9th 2012.

"Meanwhile, in order to reserve your right to engage your teams before November 30th 2012, you are kindly requested to send us the following before the mentioned deadline:

The four teams engaged in case of the approval of Caf Organising Committee to engage Highlanders FC.

The four teams engaged in case of the rejection of Caf Organising Committee to engage Highlanders," said Nassar in his correspondence to Zifa yesterday.

Bosso were slapped with a three-year ban last year when they withdrew from taking part in the Confederation Cup following a communication mix-up with the national association.

Highlanders were registered to play in the Confederations Cup by Zifa, despite the mother body having not received confirmation from the club on participation and later withdrew citing financial problems.

Dynamos will represent the nation in the Champions League next year while Monomotapa and Chicken Inn are set to play in the second tier Confederation Cup. Zimbabwe have two slots in the Champions League and another two reserved in the Confederation Cup.

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