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Jere eyes Caf Champions’ League Group Stage Spot

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Caps United president Farai Jere wants his team to reach at least the group stage of the lucrative African Champions League.

By Tongai Mwenje

The Green Machine won their first premiership title in 11 years after beating challengers FC Platinum to the finishing line in a very close race.

Responding to a question about his CAF Champions League expectations by Charles Mabika during ZBC’s Monday football programme, GamePlan, Jere said he would be very happy if his team qualifies for the group stages in the Caf Champions league competition.

Jere, who has tasted the Championship glory for the third time in his football administration career following Caps United’s back to back championship success in 2004 and 2005 under Charles Mhlauri when he was still team manager, believes his team can leave a mark in the African safari.

Previously they have been doubts about the Green Machine’s participation in Africa’s premier competition following reports of financial instability at the club but Jere confirmed the club’s participation in the CAF Champions League following their league triumph on Saturday.

Meanwhile, effective from 2017, the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup will see major new reforms.

Sixteen (16) clubs divided into four groups of four will participate at the group stages instead of the current eight at the pool stage.

The new format was one of the key highlights of the speech by CAF President Issa Hayatou, in his address at the 38th Caf Ordinary General Assembly held on the 11th of May 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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