Mashemeji’s woes: why Gor Mahia and the AFC leopards could be disqualified from CAF competitions

Kenya’s two historic clubs are in a strong position to secure their coveted Africa tickets

Gor Mahia and the AFC Leopards might miss out on the Confederation of African Football (Caf) competitions next season – even if they qualify by winning the ticket at domestic competitions, as they did.

The Caf has confirmed that no team will be allowed to participate in its competitions if it has open cases of overdue payments.

K’Ogalo and Leopards are set to play in the final of the Football Kenya Federation Shield Cup which produces the team to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Both teams are also big favorites to qualify for the Caf Champions League as they have occupied the top four places in the FKF Premier League where the best team by the end of the month will get a ticket to the competition. annual.

Gor has a debt of Ksh 1.3 million because he owes the Tanzanian Dickson Ambundo. Already, Fifa has banned them from signing new players from the current transfer window for non-payment.

For the Leopards, it is even worse since they owe the Serbian coach Marko Vasilijevic, they have not installed the Burundian Andre Casa Mbungo either. The 13-time league champions are also suspended after failing to pay Rwandan midfielder Vincent Habamahoro’s dues, which amount to Ksh 1.8 million.

What does Caf say?

“With reference to [Club Licensing System for Caf inter-club competitions in the 2021/22 season], we draw your attention to the fact that the Caf continues to receive a large number of complaints concerning unpaid debts towards players and coaches. [former and current], as well as the bad debts towards the clubs resulting from transfer activities ”, one reads in part of the letter of the Caf to the FKF and obtained by Goal.

“Therefore, you are kindly requested to remind all your clubs participating in the Caf Men’s and Women’s Club Competitions of the 2021/22 season. [Licensees], that they must ensure that they do not have an open file of unpaid debts.

“If a club has late payment cases as well as a final and binding decision from a final dispute resolution body [Fifa, Cas or other final competent authority] as of December 31, 2020, the club will have until March 31, 2021 to settle the dispute. “

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards fans in action.

Why should FKF ensure that its representatives have been authorized?

“In case it comes to the attention of the Caf that [FKF] has granted a license to its member club for participation in the Caf Inter-clubs 2021/22 competitions [Men´s or Women´s] in violation of the Caf club licensing regulations … please note that the federation and the club may incur disciplinary sanctions at Caf level, which may endanger the club’s participation in the Caf 2021/22 interclub season ” , the statement concluded.

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