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CAF Champions League AS Vita disqualified, Sundowns take their place in group stage

AS Vita from Congo have been disqualified from the CAF Champions League with South African club Mamelodi Sundowns to take their place.

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Congolese club AS Vita have been disqualified from the CAF Champions League for fielding an ineligible player. Mamelodi Sundowns will replace the team in the group stage of the competition.

South African club Mamelodi Sundowns were eliminated from the final qualification step to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup by Ghana Premier League club Medeama SC.

The Ghana FA Cup winners lost in the first leg by three goals to one away at South Africa before qualifying on away goal’s rule with a two nil win at the Sekondi Stadium.

CAF however confirmed the disqualification of AS Vita from Congo on their official twitter handle with the details to follow:

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A statement of the CAF official website later read:

"The CAF Organizing Committee for Interclubs Competitions at its meeting on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 reviewed a complaint by Stade Malien (Mali) on the eligibility of the player Idrissa Traore used by AS Vita (DR Congo) during the preliminary matches of the 2016 Orange CAF Champions League.

Traore played with the Malian club during the 2015 season. Whilst featuring for Stade Malien, the CAF Disciplinary Board handed him a four (4) match suspension. He served only one match and the remaining with three (3) matches suspension was carried over to the next competition in line with Articles 114.1 & 114.2 of the CAF Disciplinary Code.

However, AS Vita fielded him in the preliminary rounds of the 2016 Orange CAF Champions League against Mafunzo of Zimbabwe.

In pursuance of Article VII Clause 9 & 10 of the regulations of the CAF Champions League which borders on Disciplinary Measures, the Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions decided to disqualify AS Vita from the Orange CAF Champions League, replaced by Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) the last opponent of AS Vita before qualifying for the group phase.

Clause 9 & 10 state “9.However, the tallying of these sanctions remains the responsibility of the national association and they will assume all responsibilities.

“10. A team which will have committed a fraud on the identity of a player or which will have allowed a suspended or non-qualified player to take part in a match shall lose the match and shall be completely eliminated from the competition as soon as the incriminating facts are clearly established by CAF Organising Committee”."

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