The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have dismissed a protest by FC Platinum to have their Champions League opponents Clube Desportivo Primero de Agosto sanctioned.
The Zvishavane-based side wrote to the football body complaining that Primero de Agosto had violated a competition rule when they failed to produce player passports at the match venue in Luanda.
But CAF have informed both ZIFA and FC Platinum that clubs were not compelled to bring copies of player passports on match day.
“We would like to inform your esteemed office that CAF was notified of a protest made by FC Platinum (during the first leg match) as the players of the opponent club De Agosto did not show their passports during the team check.
“We would hence like to draw your attention to the fact that in CAF inter-club competitions, there is no need to present the passport copies for the team check, however, only the lists/licences provided by CAF must be presented to the match officials for the team check,’’ CAF competitions manager Mohamed El Shawarby said in a letter seen by The Herald.
FC Platinum will now have to bank on overturning their huge deficit against the Angolans at Mandava tomorrow. They lost 0-3 in the preliminary round, first leg tie played in Luanda on the 11th of this month.