Caf hands tough bans to clubs

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Caf has banned three clubs for withdrawing from competitions

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has banned three clubs for withdrawing from continental club competitions.

Highlanders of Zimbabwe, Township Rollers of Botswana and Chad's Tourbillon were all banned for three years each.

However, Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia escaped punishment for a similar offence.

Caf slapped the bans on the three clubs in accordance with its regulations.

Caf rules state that any team which withdraws from a competition after the fixtures have been determined receives an automatic three-year ban.

Township Rollers withdrew from their clash against Angolan side Interclube in the first round of the Champions League which resulted in the punishment by Caf.

Tourbillon withdrew from their first round, second leg Champions League clash against Raja Casablanca in February after they were thrashed 10-1 in the first leg.

Highlanders missed the second leg of the first round Confederation Cup tie against of Nchanga Rangers of Zambia after their first leg ended 1-1 in Zimbabwe in January.

Meanwhile, Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel were spared a three-year ban for failing to honour their third round Confederation Cup clash against Kaduna United in Nigeria.

The former champions refused to travel to the West Africa country citing security fears in the wake of the post election violence in Nigeria.

Kaduna United were cleared to play in the last qualifying round but Etoile will be allowed to play in next year's club competition.