CAF : Chiefs face ban for Caf withdrawal

Botswana Premier League giants Mochudi Centre Chiefs face a possible fine and a two-year ban for withdrawing from the Caf Champions League.


Mochudi Chiefs were set to face Mozambican side Ferroviário de Maputo but pulled out due to monetary constraint, Caf confirmed through their official website.

According to Caf regulations, apart from financial penalties, any club that withdraws from competitions after the announcement of the fixtures gets banned from Caf inter club competitions for two editions.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs faces a possible P58 000 fine and a two year ban for withdrawing from the CAF championship games.

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Mochudi Centre Chiefs were to play against Mozambiques Ferroviário de Maputo, but have announced their intention to withdraw from the CAF inter club competitions.

Though they still have to meet Chiefs over the matter, Botswana Football Association CEO, Kitso Kemoen said there was a possibility that the club would be fined P58 000.

He explained that although this would be decided by the CAF Disciplinary Committee, the decision might be influenced by many circumstances. He said due to Centre Chiefs decision to pull out after their fixture was announced, they might be asked to pay a price of P58 000.

According to CAF regulations, apart from financial penalties any club that withdraws from competitions after the publishing  of the fixtures would be forbidden from CAF inter club competitions for two editions.

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Kemoen further said had they decided to pull out before the fixture, a lenient charge would have been imposed on them, a charge of about P35 000. He said the charges rise with the stages of competitions.

“The situation paints a bad picture on our football, and does not favour us as a country failing to honour such games,” he said.

He said Centre Chiefs could have submitted that they would not be able to honour the games earlier, and that the second placed team could have been afforded a chance to play.

“Continental games affords players to market themselves to other teams, therefore failing to play CAF games means we have lost an opportunity to do so,” he added.However, Kemoen bestowed his hope in the CAF licensing development to help develop football in Botswana in order to rise above such incidents in the future.

He said there was need to raise the standard of football in Botswana, and that by doing so clubs have to comply with CAF requirements.

When speaking to Centre Chief’s public relations officer, Clifford Mogomotsi, he said he was aware of the consequences of abandoning the CAF champions.

He said the main factor which has resulted in them to withdrawing was due to monetary constraints. He said the norm was that after winning the league priz, there would be an amount of P200 000 put aside to facilitate for such games.

However, Mogomotsi said this time around the amount was never put aside, however, he said when they analysed the situation the outcome suggested that they had to spend more hence withdrawing.

Regarding the mood in the camp with regard that they have lost a chance to compete on the continental stage, Mogomotsi said the situation might have an impact on the player’smorale.

“I have to admit that some players might be demoralized by this developments, but most of our players have already played in this stage and only a handful have not had the chance to play,” he said.

However, he said they consulted with the players and updated them with the development. He said they called for their cooperation by explaining the situation of the team. Ends

Source : BOPA