Zimbabwean clubs excluded from CAF competitions

By Mthokozisi Dube

ZIMBABWEAN clubs are paying a heavy price for the prolonged impasse between the ZIFA board and the Sport and Recreational Commission (SRC) after they were excluded from African club football competitions.

Zimbabwean teams were excluded from the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup draws held in Cairo, Egypt on Monday.

The decision comes as Zimbabwe has failed to meet FIFA conditions for the world football mother body to overturn its suspension from international tournaments.

The decision is not only a bitter pill to swallow for local football fans, but also for clubs and players who will not be able get enough international exposure for their professional development.

The first round of CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup matches will take place between September 9 and September18, while the second round matches are set for October 7 till October16.

FIFA suspended Zimbabwe from international football after the SRC suspended the Felton Kamambo ZIFA board in October last year in what FIFA deemed third party interference.

FIFA has since directed the SRC to reinstate the suspended board for the world football governing board to lift the suspension on Zimbabwe.