CAF disqualifies three clubs following FIFA’s suspension of Sudan

The Confederation of African Football has disqualified the three Sudanese clubs participating in its two interclub competitions.
This was in the wake of the decision by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to suspend the Sudan Football Association.
A statement on the CAF website on Friday disclosed that the decision by FIFA was contained in a July 6, 2017 letter signed by Fatma Samoura, the FIFA Secretary General.
The letter read: “In accordance with Article 13 of the FIFA Statutes, the SFA loses all its membership rights, and its representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.”
In line with this decision, the Sudanese clubs are affected and disqualified from CAF competitions.
They are El Hilal and El Merreikh FC, which are participating in the continent’s Champions League, and Al Hilal Obeid, featuring in the Confederation Cup.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sudan’s Ministry of Justice had in June removed the SFA leader, Mutasim Gaafar, with the police violently evicting members of his executive committee.
Gaafar was said to have been replaced by Abdel Rahman Elkatim.
FIFA is against government interference in the running of its member-associations, thereby the suspension.