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24/09/2013 00:00:00
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PREMIER League clubs that fail to meet the Confederation of African Football (CAF) club licensing regulations will be banned from next year’s Champions League and the Confederation Cup.

The regulations, which the continental soccer governing body has been trying to implement since 2010, have not taken root in Zimbabwe despite a high level management course conducted in the country.

The basics of club licensing include a requirements for a full office headed by a general manager or chief executive with basic communication facilities like telephone lines, faxes and email.

Clubs must also produce audited financial statements that will be lodged with the PSL and ZIFA every year, a youth development programme and a proper technical structure where the roles of each member are defined.

CAF hopes setting proper structures at clubs will safeguard the credibility and integrity of club competitions and improve levels of professionalism within football.

The CAF executive committee has laid down the law and given national associations up to December 31 to regularise their clubs’ operations or face the ban.

The directive was issued on Monday after a meeting of the executive committee in Cairo, Egypt, last week.

The meetings lasted one week and the Zimbabwe delegation of ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube, vice president Ndumiso Gumede and chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze attended some of the deliberations.

CAF said in a statement that it has “tasked its affiliated national associations to ensure the mandatory implementation of the club licensing directive by the end of 2013”.

It added: “National Associations that fail to meet the requirements could have their clubs banned from CAF club competitions for the year 2014.”

Mashingaidze said they would ensure these directives are met.

“We have no choice really and we have to speed up the process seeing that the clubs have not been receptive to the modernisation of the game,” he said.

“When we had that high level management course in 2009, clubs were given the basic minimum requirements to meet but a check around would show that nothing has been done.”

Mashingiadze is attending a COSAFA meeting in Johannesburg on Wednesday after the regional body proposed that Zimbabwe be the next hosts of the Cosafa Castle Cup.


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