The Confederation of African Football CAF says it has denied South Africa the opportunity to present a third team in next year’s CAF Champions League.
Changes made over the last 24 months preclude any country from having more than two teams in each of the annual club competitions, ruling out hopes of a third team for South Africa.
The supposed third team, Platinum Stars might be have been able to participate in the 2017 edition now that Mamelodi Sundowns are the defending champions, after their success over Zamalek on Sunday.
South Africa is entitled to two places in the Champions League next year with Sundowns as champions and Bidvest Wits runners-up. Platinum Stars were third in the league last season.
The CAF rules state:
*No country will be allowed to enter more than two clubs within the CAF Champions League.
*The country of the holder of Champions League cannot enter another team when the holder is defending its title.
*When the holder of the title comes from a country entitled to just one entry in the Champions League, they can have a second team.
*In case where a country is allowed to enter two teams and the holder is defending its title, then only the holder of the title and the champion of the national league will be allowed to enter. In that particular case, the team who are runners-up will not be allowed to participate in the Champions League.
*In case the holder of the Champions League is at the same time also the champion of the national league, they will be enter with the runner-up of the national league and the third placed team will not be allowed to participate.
*In case the holder of the title is at the same time the runners-up of the national league, they will be entered with the champions the national league and the third placed team will not be allowed to participate.