CAPS United kicked out of Champions League

JOHANNESBURG – CAPS United have been kicked out of the African Champions League after using two improperly registered players in the first round.

Acting on a complaint from their first round opponents Inter Star of Burundi, CAPS United were found to have supplied false i

nformation for the registration of Malawian imports George Martin and Gift Makoloni, the Confederation of African Football said on Wednesday.

They had also submitted the required international transfer certificates after the Jan. 15 deadline and were accused of attempting to play Martin Guramasandu in the first leg with a false registration card.

All players in African club competitions must hold a valid registration card for the tournament, which is issued by CAF prior to the start of the event, and the cards are checked before the start of each match.

Ahead of the clash between Inter Stars and CAPS in Bujumbura, match commissioners refused to allows Guramasandu to play because his registration card showed someone else’s photograph, CAF said.

CAPS drew the match 3-3 and qualified for the second round on the away goals rule after a goalless second leg in Harare.

Last Saturday, the Harare-based club traveled to Morocco to meet Raja Casablanca in the first leg of the second round, losing to a late goal.

The Zimbabwean team spent two days in transit because they did not have the required visas and also traveled in two separate groups. The second group of five players and various officials arrived just hours before kick-off.

CAPS United also lost their kit during the journey and had to be loaned a spare set by their opponents. — Reuter