US BITAM qualified to the next round of CC
In relation to the match initially scheduled on Saturday April 06 th which did not take place between US Bitam (Gabon) and Heartland (Nigeria) in the frame of the 10th edition of the Orange Confederation Cup 2013, the referees and officials registered the absence of Heartland team at the time of kick off.
The 1st leg match played in Nigeria ended with a score of 2-1 in favour of Heartland and the return leg was scheduled on April 6 th at 16h00 in Libreville – Gabon.
The CAF Inter-clubs Committee considered that the absence of the team from Nigeria was mainly the responsibility of the club Heartland, rather than a case of force majeure.
Consequently, and in conformity with article 16 of the competition regulations:
‘If for any reason whatsoever, a team withdraws from the competition or does not report for a match-except in case of force majeure accepted by the Organising Committee- or if it refuses to play or leaves the ground before the regular end of the match without the permission of the referee, it shall be considered loser and shall be eliminated from the competition. The same shall apply to the teams which were declared disqualified by decision of CAF.’
And without considering other possible sanctions to be applied during the next meeting of the CAF inter-clubs Committee in May in Cairo, the CAF Inter-cubs Committee considers the team Heartland eliminated from the competition.
The US Bitam team will therefore face the team of USM Algiers for the next round of the competition.
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