Rangers International FC of Enugu have officially petitioned Confederation of African Football (CAF) pertaining to Zamalek SC of Egypt fielding an ineligible player, Hossam Salama, in the first leg of the CAF Champions League first round game in Giza.
The Flying Antelopes lost 4-1 to the White Knights on Sunday and the return leg will be played a week later.
In a Press statement, the Director of Public Relations Media and Publicity, Foster Chime said the two page petition by the reigning Nigerian champions has been sent to the Secretary General of CAF through the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), intimating NFF and CAF on Zamalek SC fielding of player, Hossam Salama that was initially registered by Smouha Club of Egypt, a club already playing in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The petition stated that Smouha did not remove the said player, Hossam Salama from their list before the deadline dated January 15, 2017 as out lined by CAF but only did so on January 30, 2017 to be illegally added by Zamalek SC of Egypt.
According to Rangers International FC, the implication of this means that he is not allowed to play for Zamalek SC until the start of the group stage matches (1/16) adding that the action by Zamalek is fraudulent and a clear breach of Article V. Paragraph 3 (a) and 4 of the confederation of Africa football champions league regulations 2017, for all CAF competitions for a period of three years (Paragraph 3).
Rangers Management further disclosed that the provisions of the CAF Champions league regulations are very clear and concise, stressing that Zamalek SC of Egypt having registered player Hossam Salama illegally should be punished with severe sanctions stipulated by CAF.
The petition which was signed by the Secretary of Rangers International FC Enugu, Elder Joseph Onwukwe spelt clearly the position of the club, hoping that Justice is not only to be visited against Zamalek SC of Egypt for this fraudulent act but justice must be seen to be done by CAF according to the relevant statutes and laws.