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Explained: Why Chiefs’ New Signings Can’t Play In CAFCL Final

Kaizer Chiefs announced the signing of six players on Friday but the new faces will not be able to play in the CAF Champions League final – here is why!

The Glamour Boys confirmed the arrivals of Brandon Peterson, Sifiso Hlanti, Phathutshedzo Nange, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sibusiso Mabiliso and Kgaogelo Sekgota, while Given Thibedi has been recalled from his loan.

Chiefs further stated that Peterson, Hlanti, Nange and Thibedi have started training with the team.

However, none of them will be able to face Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League final on 17 July.

According to CAF Champions League regulations, a player who is qualified to play in the tournament must possess a license in his club issued by the national association and also registered in his federation (SAFA/PSL) during the relevant registration periods of the CAF inter-club competitions. 

Sadly, the new players were not registered before 31 January, which was the deadline for the registration window for the second half of the Champions League.

Below are the exact points from CAF’s rulebook that explain why Chiefs’ players would be registered outside the CAFCL windows: