CAF to decide on player transfer saga ahead CHAN 2020

CAF to decide on player transfer saga ahead CHAN 2020
CHAN 2018

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jan 31, 2018. 17:30

With the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament facing player transfer challenges, CAF will discuss the eligibility of players who undergo transfers ahead of the next competition in 2020.

The continental football governing body will look at the matter as the tournament is set for African-based players in their own domestic leagues.

Media reports suggest that the organisation is planning to discuss transfer issues during or before the tournament.

According to the rules of the tournament, players are ineligible to play at the CHAN after joining a foreign club.

"The issue will be addressed before the kick-off of the next CHAN qualifiers," CAF Communications Director Junior Binyam told BBC Sport.

At this year's finals, hosts Morocco face the prospect of losing two key players after both Achraf Bencharki and Jawad El Yamiq could complete moves on the deadline of January 31.

Should the host nation beat Libya in the semi-finals on Wednesday to reach the final on February 4, they would be unable to use these players if their transfers go ahead.

On the other hand, Bencharki has reportedly agreed to leave reigning African champions Wydad Casablanca for Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal Riyadh.

However, CAF regulations state that as well as being a citizen of the country, “only players with a permanent contract registered in a local club affiliated to their national association are eligible to participate in the African Nations Championship."

The discussion comes at the back of Syli Nationale of Guinea's appeal over the eligibility of Sudan's Elsmani Elsawi Saadeldin, who they claimed had signed for Libyan club Al Ittihad Tripoli in December.

In their response, CAF ruled that he was eligible as he was still with his Sudanese club Al Merreikh at the time.

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