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How Mine confirm Confederation Cup participation

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HOW Mine have confirmed they will take part in the Caf Confederation Cup next season after reaching the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA,SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Club chairman Mlondolozi Nkomo emerged from a meeting yesterday to announce that they would participate.

“We have taken a position as a company that we will participate in the Caf Confederation Cup. We deliberated on this because we needed to consider the implications of taking part in the tournament.

“After our meeting we have decided to allow the team to participate, especially after we considered what they have achieved so far. We felt it would be fair to allow them to play in Africa because it will give them international exposure and they will also get valuable experience which will also benefit the club,” Nkomo said.

This is because Highlanders are still serving their ban from the inter-continental club competitions after they violated the regulations of the tournament when they withdrew from their two matches against Nchanga Rangers of Zambia in the Caf Confederations Cup in 2011.

In confirming that Highlanders’ ban remained in force Zimbabwe Football Association said in a statement: “We would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that Highlanders is not eligible to participate in Caf interclubs competitions until 2015.

“We have received confirmation from Caf to the effect that it is not possible to engage Highlanders to take part in Caf inter-clubs competitions 2014.

“Caf cited that in 2011, Highlanders withdrew from matches No 21 and 22: Highlanders (Zimbabwe) vs Nchanga (Zambia) in Caf Confederation Cup.

“Consequently, Highlanders FC was found guilty of violating Chapter V of the Confederation Cup regulations which stipulates that: “every club withdrawing from the competition after the establishment of the fixtures will be forbidden from participating in all CAF interclub competitions for three years following its withdrawal”.

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