FC Platinum will play their CAF Champions League matches without head coach Pieter De Jongh on the bench, it has emerged.
This comes after CAF has turned down a request from the Zimbabwe champions to have their coach, who is not a holder CAF A license, exempted.
CAF A is a prerequisite for a coach to be on the bench for CAF interclub matches while exemptions are given to selected licenses.
In statement on Tuesday, Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela communicated the Zvishavane miners’ request has been shot down.
“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has turned down Hendrikus Pieter De Jongh and FC Platinum’s request for exemption to allow the head coach to sit on the bench during CAF Interclub matches.
“De Jongh is a holder of a UEFA A license obtained in his native country Netherlands.
“A CAF A coaching license is a prerequisite for all coaches who participate in CAF inter-club competitions,” said Gwesela.
Platinum begin this season’s campaign with a date against Mozambique’s Costa du Sol on November 27.
“For coaches from confederations and those who were trained outside Africa, only valid Pro license holders are exempted.
“CAF Club Licensing criterion on Administration and personnel demands that all persons should be qualified for positions that they hold within football structures.
“To complement CAF’s stance on promoting professionalism on the game, the Zimbabwe Football Association, Zifa has been gradually enforcing club licensing dictates in the elite league,” said Gwesela.