Orlando Pirates could be blocked from participating in next CAF Champions League tournament

Terrence Dzvukamanja’s plans to play in the Champions League with Orlando Pirates have been cast into doubt after CAF effected a new condition to participate in the next season’s campaign.

Pirates qualified for the continental showpiece after finishing second behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the just-ended DStv Premiership.

In a notice from CAF Club Licensing Board, all the participating teams have been told to have a women’s football team to be able to acquire the licence to take part in the Champions League and Confederation Cup.

The Sea Robbers haven’t set up a women’s team yet, and as it stands they won’t be able to participate in the tournament.

If the Soweto club can’t form a women’s team and register it, they will have to affiliate with an entity that operates a registered women’s first team club to be able to be given the licence into the CAF inter-club competitions next season.

As for Dzvukamanja, he is expecting to make the Pirates’ Champions League squad should he signs a new contract.

The Warriors international revealed over a week ago that he wants to stay at Pirates and play Champions League.

He said: “Obviously, [I want to stay] every player wants to play for this team and there is the CAF Champions League also and everyone wishes to play for this team.”


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