ACCRA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Clubs from five countries -- the
Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone
-- have been excluded from African continental club competition
this year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on
The five countries were disqualified from competing in this
year's African Champions League and the African Confederation
Cup after "failing to fulfill their financial obligations to
the Confederation," a CAF statement said.
The decision was made by CAF's executive committee, whose
membership includes Chad and Rwanda.
The decision means clubs like Zamalek of Egypt and TP
Mazembe Englebert from the Democratic Republic of Congo have
walkovers to the second round of the Champions League.
First round, first leg matches in both the Champions League
and Confederation Cup are scheduled for Feb. 15-17.
(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
Updated on Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 4:20 am, EST
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