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Nania Fc Confirm Caf Ban And Fine

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 Nania FC during the MTN FA Cup Final at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana © Christian Thompson/Backpagepix

Ghana FA Cup holders Nania FC have been handed a US$ 1,500 CAF fine and a three-year ban for pulling out of the 2012 Confederation Cup.

The continent’s football governing communicated the punishment through the Ghana Football Association last week.

“We have told Nania FC about their punishment when CAF wrote to us last week,” Ghana FA Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Gyimah told MTNFootball.com

CAF applied Article 13 of the tournament’s rules and regulations which states: “Withdrawals declared before the start of the competition and until the 1/8th final round inclusive, shall entail a fine of 1500 dollars in addition to losing the engagement fees.

“Apart from the financial sanctions, every club withdrawing from the competition after the establishment of the fixtures will be forbidden from participating in all CAF inter-clubs competitions for three years following its withdrawal.”

The club, owned and coached by Ghana legend Abedi Pele, explained it had to withdraw due to the lack of funds.

“We have received the news from CAF but certainly nobody will be happy with that so we will accept it and work on it to avoid such punishment in future,” the club’s Secretary Isaac Ashong said.

Nania FC were scheduled to host Guinean side FC Sequence in the preliminary round first leg tie.

The second-tier side made history by becoming the first non-top flight side to win the competition after beating giants Asante Kotoko in May last year to lift the trophy.

Source: MTNFootball.com

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