FC PLATINUM will be Zimbabwe’s only representative in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) inter-club 2015 competitions after they registered to play in the Confederation Cup.
Dynamos, the Castle Lager Premiership champions, failed to register for next year’s Caf Champions League due to financial constraints while second-placed ZPC Kariba, said they had no capacity to play in Africa.
The deadline for registration of clubs for the inter-clubs competitions was November 30 and Zifa confirmed their participation on Monday.
Platinum, who have also qualified for the Mbada Diamonds Cup after finishing fourth, qualified for the Confederation Cup by virtue of winning the Chibuku Super Cup last month after beating Harare City on penalties in the final played at Mandava Stadium.
The Zvishavane-based outfit last played in Africa in 2012 in the Caf Champions League where they reached the second round of the competition.
This is the first time in more than five years that Dynamos have failed to take part in the Champions League and the first under current club chairman Keni Mubaiwa.
Dynamos had hoped they would get financial assistance from their sponsors BancABC, but the banking group turned down their appeal.
BancABC are also the sponsors of Highlanders, Chapungu and newly promoted Flame Lily.
The league champions are already reeling from the loss of coach Kalisto Pasuwa who has indicated that he will not renew his contract when it expires on December 31.
“He had built a strong team which we thought would compete better in the Champions League, but now we are forced to look for a new coach who will start all over again,” said Mubaiwa.
“We will have to look for a coach first before we can start talking about the players we might need to add or offload for the next campaign.
“With this situation we have found ourselves in, I think it’s better for us not to compete in the Champions League next year to give the incoming coach enough time to build a strong team. We can always bounce back in 2016.”
He added: “The other thing is we don’t have the capacity financially to compete in Africa and unless we get a sponsor, we will have to let this chance go.
“We will engage our partner BancABC, who are our main sponsor, anytime soon regarding our participation in Africa.Advertisement
“If they say they will support us as they have done in previous years, then we will participate but if they say no, then there is nothing much we can do unless another sponsor comes along and helps us.”
But all that failed as BancABC flatly refused to fund their African safari.