Zimbabwe’s reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions FC Platinum (FCP) have been given the green light to participate in this year’s the CAF Confederation Cup competition by the government.
FCP have been unable to prepare for the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs as the country is under a 30-day lockdown starting on 5 January following a surge in coronavirus infections.
On Tuesday, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) advised the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) that FC Platinum were free to participate and resume training. The SRC letter read:
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The Sports and Recreation Commission hereby gives you notice, following your application, that: The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation approved your application for FC Platinum to participate in the CAF Confederations Cup.
SRC ordered that FCP tests all players and officials for COVID-19 and also that the club undergoes a 10-day bubble.
FCP were relegated to the second-tier competition after they were booted out of the CAF Champions League by Tanzania’s Simba SC.
The Zvishavane-based club are set to play ASC Jaraaf of Senegal in the play-off on February 14 and 21, with FC Platinum playing at home in the first leg.