July 20, 2024

Women’s Clubs Or No CAF Participation 

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For the clubs without a women’s first team, it is going to be a challenge to comply with the requirement.

FILE PHOTO: Morocco’s ASFAR win celebrate after winning CAF Women’s Champions League against holders, Mamelodi Sundowns. PICTURE: Punchng

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CAIRO: Clubs are required to have a first-team women’s club or risk being disqualified from participating in the competitions. 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given clubs until 30 June 2023 to complete their CAF club licensing procedure which would enable them to participate in a 2023/24 season of inter-club competitions, namely the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup.

CAF released a statement last week to provide clubs that have qualified for the competitions with information on how to complete the club licensing procedure. 

As part of the licensing procedure, clubs are required to have a first-team women’s club or risk being disqualified from participating in the competitions. 

The CAF statement does not read well for three South African clubs that have earned their rights to compete in Africa: Orlando Pirates for the CAF champions league and both Sekhukhune United and SuperSport United for the CAF Confederation Cup.

Only the DSTV Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns meet the requirement, as it has a women’s team called Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, which won the first edition of the CAF women’s champions league in 2021 and is playing in the Hollywood Bets Super League.

For the clubs without a women’s first team, it is going to be a challenge to comply with the requirement. However, according to the CAF’s Article 27, there is a way for them to get licensed without owning a women’s team provided that they have an agreement with people who run a women’s club. 

Article 27 reads thus: 

“1. The license applicant must have at minimum one (1) women’s first team participating in a competition sanctioned by the licensor. To comply with this the license applicant may:

(a) Operate the women’s team (s) itself or

(b) Have an agreement with another entity who operates the teams.”

Pirates, Sekhukhune and SuperSport have to work around the clock to ensure that they comply with the licensing application processes in order to join Sundowns in the African Safari.

If they fail to comply it then means their hard work in the 2022/23 DSTV Premiership season to qualify for the competitions would have gone down the drain. CAF seeks to grow and expand women’s football in the continent and such measures are part of the methods implemented by the confederation.

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