No Zim teams for Caf Cup

Zimbabwe will have no representative in this year’s edition of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Confederation Cup, the Premier Soccer League has confirmed.

Zifa had sought an extension from the continental body as they planned to negotiate with Gunners and Highlanders but to no success.

Caf last year awarded two slots for Zimbabwe in the competition but there is great danger that not even a single local team will participate in the competition this year.

PSL acting chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele confirmed yesterday that all the teams eligible for the competition had withdrawn citing financial problems.

“I don’t think there is any club in Zimbabwe at the moment that can be able to sustain themselves in the competition, they are even struggling to fulfil their fixtures here. You need about US$2 million because there are four rounds to get to the mini-league and I don’t see any club that has that kind of money.”

A team that finishes third in the local league and the one that wins any major cup in the season are supposed to represent the country in the competition.

Highlanders, for being third in the league, were expected to take part but the Bulawayo giants withdrew citing financial problems.

Dynamos are the second team that was expected to fill the second slot after winning the BancABC Cup but will not be able to do so as they are competing in the Caf Champions League.

Caps United, the losing finalists in the BancABC this year, and the country’s representative in the competition last year, have already confirmed they will not be involved in the African safari this time around. Outgoing champions Gunners, who are fourth on the log and could be eligible to compete in the competition, also pulled out of the competition.

“It’s not worth it. If I can give that little money that the club has to the boys, the better,” said Gunners owner Cuthbert Chitima on Tuesday.

Gunners were the country’s representative in the Caf Champions League last season.


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