CAF disqualifies 3 clubs following FIFA’s suspension of Sudan

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The newly elected Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad addresses a news conference after his victory at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified the three Sudanese clubs participating in its two interclub competitions.

This was in the wake of the decision by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to suspend the Sudan Football Association (SFA).

A statement on the CAF website on Friday disclosed that the decision by FIFA was contained in a July 6, 2017 letter signed by Fatma Samoura, the FIFA Secretary General.

“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,’’ the letter read.

In line with this decision, the Sudanese clubs are affected and disqualified from CAF competitions.

They are El Hilal and El Merreikh FC, which are participating in the continent’s Champions League, and Al Hilal Obeid, featuring in the Confederation Cup.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sudan’s Ministry of Justice had in June removed the SFA leader Mutasim Gaafar, with police violently evicting members of his executive committee.

He was said to have been replaced by Abdel Rahman Elkatim.

FIFA is against government interference in the running of its member-associations, thereby the suspension.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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