Eswatini champions not guaranteed CAF spot

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Young Buffaloes are not guaranteed a spot in next year’s CAF Champions League despite being declared champions of the unfinished Eswatini Premiership 2019/20 season.

The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) declared the army side as champions in August, after the league was nullified due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Buffaloes were at the top of the standings when the matches were suspended with 8 matches remaining.

But during a press briefing on Wednesday, Eswatini Football Association (EFA) CEO Frederick Mngomezulu revealed that it was not a foregone conclusion that Buffaloes would represent the country in the CAF Champions League.

“We recently gave premier league deadlines to comply with CAF club licensing and they have submitted documents that are being scrutinised to determine if they comply,” said Mngomezulu.

“It must be clear that if those declared as champions do not meet the CAF club licensing requirements, they will not qualify to compete in the CAF Inter-club competitions,” he said.

The association has until October 21 to submit the names of their representatives in continental competitions.

“We were given until October 20 to submit the names of the teams that comply with CAF club licensing. This means we will know those teams by October 21 because at the moment our CAF club licensing department is examining the documents as submitted by the teams,” Mngomezulu explained.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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