The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed forces FC (RSLAF) have withdrawn from this year’s CAF Confederation Cup first round second leg due to being ‘ unable to secure funds, Football Sierra Leone understands.
Following a humiliating 9-1 defeat in Tunisia on Sunday last week in the first round first leg of the competition, they were due to host Club Africain in the second fixture in Freetown this coming weekend at the National Siaka Steven Stadium.
While closed club sources have stated that they are ‘bitterly disappointed’ to have had to resort to withdrawal, they are now likely to face a two-year ban that stops them playing in any CAF competitions until 2019 and could be fined $10,000.
“The 2017 Confederation Cup Representatives, RSLAF, FC has been withdrawn from the ongoing competition. This was after the SLFA Secretariat has received a letter from RSLAF FC dated March 14th instant, expressing their unwillingness to host the returned leg match between them and Club Africain,” The Sierra Leone football body said in a statement.
“CAF Disciplinary Committee and the SLFA Executive board will pronounce the necessary sanctions on RSLAF FC and they would be duly informed.”