Egypt: CAF disqualifies Sudanese clubs from ongoing continental contests following FIFA suspension

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Following the suspension of Sudanese clubs by FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified Sudanese clubs participating in its Interclub competitions.

According to the CAF media outlet, the decision by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to suspend the Sudan Football Association (SFA) is contained in a letter, dated 6 July, 2017, and signed by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.

In accordance with Article 13 of the FIFA Statutes, the SFA loses all its membership rights, and its representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

"This also means that neither the SFA nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programme, course or training from FIFA or Confederation of African Football."

In line with the decision, the three Sudanese clubs, El Hilal, El Merreikh (in the CAF Champions League) and Al Hilal Obeid (CAF Confederation Cup) are disqualified from the two competitions.

Al-Hilal, which has already qualified for the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, was to play Zesco United, Zambia in the final group match on Saturday in Zambia, while Al-Merreikh and Al-Hilal were to be in action in the CAF Champions League this weekend against Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique respectively.

Al Merreikh would have reached the quarterfinals of the African Champions League with victory at Tunisia's Etoile Sahel on Friday. Al Hilal Omdurman had already been eliminated, but was also due to play Friday night.

Al Hilal had qualified for the Confederation Cup quarterfinals and was due to play Zesco of Zambia on Sunday in its last group game.

CAF didn't immediately say how it would restructure the competitions.

Sudan has already been eliminated in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but is involved in qualifying for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Its next African Cup qualifier is in March next year but won't be able to play in that game if it is still suspended by FIFA.

The FIFA decision follows a conflict between Ser El-Khatm and Moatasem Gafaar on the presidency of the SFA.

The Sudanese ministry of Justice issued an order that transfers the presidency from Gafaar, who is the FIFA recognised elected president, to El-Khetm.
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07 july 2017 12:59:42

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