The world football governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has suspended the Sudan Football Association (SFA).
This is after Sudan’s Ministry of Justice ordered the Fifa-recognised SFA president Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim to be removed and replaced by Abdel Rahman Sir Elkatim last month.
This means Sudanese giants Al Merreikh and Al Hilal Omdurman will no longer take part in this year’s CAF Champions League according to the CAF.
A statement from CAF read: “Sudanese clubs participating in the CAF Interclub competitions have been disqualified following the decision by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to suspend the Sudan Football Association (SFA).
“The decision was contained in a letter dated 6 July 2017 and signed by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.
“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 the decision, the three Sudanese clubs, El Hilal, El Merreikh (Total CAF Champions League) and Al Hilal Obeid (Total CAF Confederation Cup) are disqualified from the two competitions.”
Al Hilal were scheduled to host Mozambican side Ferroviário Beira in Omdurman on Friday, while El Merreikh were set to face Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel in Sousse on the same day.
Due to the FIFA and CAF decision, B
eira along with Sahel advance to the knockout stages as Group A runners-up and winners respectively.
Another Sudanese club Obeid had already qualified for the knockout stages in the Confederation Cup, but they won’t be taking part in the competition anymore.