CAF disqualifies Sudanese clubs from CAF competitions

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified Sudanese clubs from CAF competitions after the Sudan FA was suspended by FIFA.

Two Sudanese clubs  Al-Merreikh and Al-Hilal Omdurman are competing in the CAF Champions League while Al Hilal Obeid is in the CAF Confederations Cup.

The Sudanese FA has been suspended by FIFA following government interference in an SFA presidential elections.

Abdel-Rahman Sir Elkhatim won the election beating incumbent Mutasim Gaafar who refused to accept the election results

The Sudanese Ministry of Justice then ordered  the Sudan Police to take over the SFA Offices and have Elkhatim take over. Gaafar reported the case to FIFA which has now acted.

Al Hilal Obeid  had already secured a place in the Caf Confederation Cup quarter finals while El Merreikh were in the running for a place in the last eight of the Caf Champions League.

Al Hilal Obeid were set to place Zambian side Zesco United this weekend.

 The CAF Champions League Group A consists of two Sudanese teams Al-Merreikh and Al-Hilal Omdurman. If the ban is upheld Mozambique side Ferroviario Beira could proceed to the last 8 with with Etoile duSahel who currently top the group

A statement from CAF read:

Sudanese clubs participating in the CAF Interclub competitions have been disqualified following the decision by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to suspend the Sudan Football Association (SFA).

The decision was contained in a letter dated 6 July 2017 and signed by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.

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.

In line with the decision, the three Sudanese clubs, El Hilal, El Merreikh (Total CAF Champions League) and Al Hilal Obeid (Total CAF Confederation Cup) are disqualified from the two competitions.