Chiefs could dump AmaZulu from CAFCL

CAF Champions League

AmaZulu have defied expectations under Benni McCarthy this season with a historic CAF Champions League qualification but Kaizer Chiefs could spoil the party.

McCarthy, who's been nominated for the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season award achieved the unthinkable with Usuthu by securing a runners-up spot in the league ahead of the league finale on Saturday.

But for all their efforts since his appointment in December when they were languishing in 12th spot, Chiefs hold the chance of undoing their remarkable exploits.

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League regulations, should Amakhosi win the competition, Usuthu will no longer be able to represent South Africa in the competition in the 2021/22 season.

As per Rule 4 in section Five 'Engagements' within the official rule book, no association will be allowed two enter more than two clubs in Africa's elite club competition.

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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.

Amakhosi are currently in the semi-final of the Champions League where they are set to face Botola giants Wydad Atheltic Club, while Esperance de Tunis and Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly will contest in the other last-four tie.

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