HIGHLANDERS officially closed the door on the prospects of taking part in this year Caf Confederations Cup after the club notified the Premier Soccer League.
By virtue of winning last year’s edition of the Chibuku Cup, the Bulawayo giants were poised to represent the country on the African Safari.
But the club has always maintained that its financial books are not well balanced to venture into the continental competition.
Club boss Kenneth Mhlophe reckons it’s too costly to play in the Confederations Cup, especially at a time when the club is trying to arrest its ballooning debt that still runs into millions.
Its only at the PSL AGM in Harare that the club bosses notified the league of the decision to be excused from the Caf Confederations Cup.
“They (Highlanders) notified us at the AGM that they will not be taking in the Confederations Cup. As for the reasons for the decision not to take part in the competition, Highlanders are better placed to explain why,” said PSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare.
Bosso are not the first time in recent times to pull the plug on continental competitions citing financial constraints.
In 2018 Harare City also failed to participate owing to financial challenges.
The league is yet to decide on a replacement and will write the national football mother body Zifa on the developments.
“We are going to write to Zifa for guidance. We haven’t decided who will replace them (Highlanders).
“We don’t know who should represent the country either the Cup runners up (Ngezi Platinum) or the league runners up (Chicken Inn),” Bare explained.
Last season Triangle represented the country in the tournament.