Zesco reach Confed Cup quarterfinals via walkover

Zesco United celebrate after the game against City of Lusaka at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka. Zesco won 1-0 Picture By Tenson Mkhala

Zesco United have qualified to the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals following a walkover win against Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan.

Obied’s elimination came after FIFA suspended the Sudan FA from all football activities on July 6.

CAF confirmed Zesco’s passage on July 8 handing the 2016 CAF Champions League semifinalists a 3-0 win that saw them finish on an unassailable 10 points in Group C.

CAF’s statement read: “Kindly note the following provisions of the Confederation Cup regulations namely chapter XI:Withdrawal and renunciation from playing, para 14&18, stipulating the following:

“If a team withdraws after participating in all the matches in the first half of the group matches,the remaining matches to be played in the said group are lost by penalty three goals to nil .

“The above articles are applied to teams disqualified by decision of CAF

“Hence the only remaining match to be played for Al Hilal El Obeid, namely match no.149: Zesco vs Al Hilal El Obeid is considered lost 3-0 in favour of Zesco United FC.”

Meanwhile, the final second placed slot will be decided on July 9 when CRD Libolo of Angola host Smouha of Egypt in Calulo.

Libolo are 2nd on 6 points while Smouha are 3rd and last on 5 points following the revised status in Group C after Obeid’s elimination.

         

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