Zesco, Al Hilal clash put off
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has put off the Confederation Cup Group C match between Zesco United and Al Hilal El Obied that was set for Sunday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
World soccer governing body Fifa suspended the Sudanese Football Association (SFA) on July 6 meaning that all football activities involving Sudanese teams and officials could not take place.
However, it is yet to be decided whether the cancellation of the match will lead to Zesco being granted free passage to the quarterfinals.
Zesco United Football Club public relations officer Katebe Chengo said in a statement that CAF had sent correspondence calling off the match.
Al Hilal El Obied had already qualified to the quarterfinals going into the final round of matches with Zesco United needing outright victory to qualify.
Zesco United will have to wait upon CAF on the final decision.
The other Group C match between Smouha and CRD du Libolo will take place as scheduled on Sunday.
FULL STATEMENT FROM ZESCO UNITED MEDIA
For Immediate Release
TO ∶ ALL MEDIA HOUSES
FROM∶ ZESCO UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
7th July, 2017
RE: CANCELLATION OF CCC MATCH 149
This serves to inform our sponsors, fans and stakeholders that the CAF confederation Cup match 149 that was scheduled to be played on Sunday, 9th July, 2017 between Zesco United and Al Hilal El Obied has been cancelled.
In a letter signed by CAF acting General Secretary Essam Ahmed the match will not be played because of the ban slapped on the Sudan FA by FIFA.
“Consequently, El Hilal El Obied club is not allowed to participate in CAF matches and it’sdisqualified from CAF interclubcompetitions in accordance to FIFA’s decision. The aforementioned match is hereby cancelled and will not take place as scheduled. The final situation of group C of the competition will be announced soon,” the letter read in part.
We appeal to our fans who bought pre-sale tickets for the match to visit our secretariat for their refunds.
Katebe C Chengo (Ms)
Club Media Relations Officer
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