FC Platinum file complaint against Desportivo D’Agosto

FC Platinum file complaint against Desportivo D’Agosto

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Feb 16, 2018. 12:00

FC Platinum have lodged a complaint with the Confederation of African Football against their opponent in the CAF Champions League, Club Desportivo D’Agosto.

The Zimbabwean giants lost their CAF Champions League preliminary encounter 3-0 last weekend and the protest follows D’Agosto's failure to avail their players’ passports before the match.

According to the News Day website, the Angolans might have fielded an ineligible player in the two teams’ CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg meeting in Luanda at the weekend.

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Platinum chairman Evans Mthombeni reckons their hosts had violated the CAF rules governing the tournament after failing to avail the documents, claiming that they had sent them to the embassy for the processing of visas to Zimbabwe.

“We have written to CAF over the issue,” the FC Platinum boss said.

“They clearly violated the CAF rules. They gave their reason, but what we know is that you don’t need a visa from Angola to Zimbabwe.

“The match commissioner even made it clear during the pre-match meeting that they had to avail the players’ passports.

“Our letter of protest is not to try to have the results of the match nullified, but we are simply following procedure because they violated CAF rules.”

Coach Norman Mapeza’s men are facing a daunting task of reversing the 3-0 deficit in the second leg at home against the Angolans to reach the next stage of the competition.




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