Zimbabwe champions FC Platinum return to Caf Champions League

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The Zimbabwean champions will be bidding to reach the Caf Champions League group phase for the first time ever after two previous failed attempts

FC Platinum have agreed to take part in the 2018/19 Champions League following an invitation by the Zimbabwe FA.

Registration of teams for the rescheduled Champions League with Caf would be closed on October 15 before the ongoing Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions would be decided.

This prompted the Zimbabwe FA to invite last season’s champions FC Platinum to return to Africa’s elite club competition for the second time inside a year.

The 2018/19 Caf inter-club season would be a transitional calendar where matches begin in December, ending next May, before permanently switching to the new August to May schedule from next year.

With Harare City turning down the opportunity to participate in the Caf Confederation Cup after winning the 2017 Chibuku Super Cup, FC Platinum have however accepted returning to Africa.

“We have confirmed our participation in the 2018/19 Champions League to the PSL and Zifa and they will then communicate with Caf,” Chido Chizondo, the FC Platinum spokesperson told Goal.

“It is a huge opportunity to participate in Africa because as FC Platinum we want to position ourselves as a leading brand in African football. It is the participation on stages of this nature that we have an opportunity for people to appreciate our brand. We are excited to be part of the Champions League.”

It would be the third time for the Platinum Miners to play in the Champions League after their maiden appearance in 2012 and earlier this year.

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On both previous occasions they have failed to reach the group stages.

 

 

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