- With Chiefs having the possibility of winning this year’s CAF Champions League title, the rules indicate that AmaZulu may not be representing Mzansi in the tournament
- This comes after Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned as DStv Premiership winners, and CAF only takes two clubs, so if Chiefs fail to lift the lucrative trophy then AmaZulu will join Masandawana
- According to the competition’s rules, only two clubs from one country can play in the Champions League per season; if Chiefs win, they will be joined by Mamelodi Sundowns and will eliminate AmaZulu
Kaizer Chiefs could stop AmaZulu from participating in the CAF Champions League next season. That is according to the rules of the continental football governing body, the Confederation of African Football.
This comes after Amakhosi are still involved in the continental showpiece and should they go on to win it, then Usuthu will not be part of the tournament in the 2021/22 season.
Under coach Benni McCarthy, Usuthu have punched above their weight as they have secured the number two spot in the DStv Premiership, thus booking a place in the premier inter-club competition.
However, their destiny will be determined by the Soweto giants who are set to face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca on 19 June in the semi-finals.
According to the Egypt-based continental governing body, the rules allow only two clubs per football organisation.
In this case, new DStv Premiership Champions Mamelodi Sundowns will be joined by Chiefs if they win this year’s trophy, but if they fail to do so, then the Durban-based AmaZulu will raise the Mzansi flag with Sundowns.
CAF's rule number four reads:
“The association of the holder of CAF Champions League is not allowed to engage another team in case the holder of CAF Champions League is defending its title. Only the holder of the title is engaged from this association when the said association is entitled to only one club. In case the association is allowed to engage two teams and the champion is defending its title, only the holder of the title and the champion of the national league will be allowed to be engaged.
“In that particular case, the 2nd of the league will not be allowed to engage in CAF Champions League. In case the holder of the title is at the same time the champion of the national league, he will be engaged with the 2nd of the national league and the 3rd classified team will not be allowed to participate. In case the holder of the title is at the same time the second of the national league, he will be engaged with the 1st of the national league and the 3rd team will not be allowed to engage.”
McCarthy on reaching the continental stage
Briefly News previously reported that AmaZulu coach McCarthy has expressed delight in the fact they have managed to secure the second-place finish in the DStv Premiership.
Usuthu beat Swallows FC in their penultimate encounter on Wednesday and will now join Sundowns in the CAF Champions League next season.
Should they win their final match of the 2020/21 season against Maritzburg United on Saturday, the Durban-based club could amass a massive 56 points and Benni will be looking to lead the club to 17 league matches without defeat.
The all-time Bafana Bafana top goalscorer said they have achieved the unthinkable but also lashed out at his critics.
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