Nigeria side Rangers International FC Enugu have officially raised a petition against Zamalek SC of Egypt for fielding an ineligible player (Hossam Salama) in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Round of 32 match against Rangers International FC Enugu.
The Director of Public Relations Media and Publicity, Foster Chime, in a press statement said the two page petition by Rangers International FC Enugu, was written today, 15th March, 2017 and sent immediately to the Secretary General, Confederation of African Football, through the General Secretary, Nigeria Football Federation, Abuja, intimating NFF and CAF on Zamalek SC fielding of player, Hossam Salama that was initially registered by SAMOUHA Club of Egypt, a club already playing in the CAF Confederation Cup, Stating that Samouha Club did not remove the said player, Hossam Salama from their list before the deadline dated 15th Jan 2017 as out lined by CAF but only did so on 30th of Jan. 2017 to be illegally added by Zamaleck 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).
According to Enugu Rangers management, the provisions of the CAF Champions league regulations are very clear and concise, stressing that Zamalek SC of Egypt having registered player Hossan 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.
Meanwhile Rangers International FC Enugu will on Sunday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, seek to overturn a 3-1 deficit as they host Zamelek SC in the second leg of the CAF Champions League round of 32 by 3pm.