CAF announced Rangers disqualification on Tuesday.
Rangers International FC of Enugu has officially launched an appeal to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), following their disqualification from the 2013 CAF Confederations Cup on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement released on Wednesday by the club’s Media Officer, Foster Chime.
CAF had announced on its official Website on Tuesday that Rangers’ disqualification stemmed from fielding an ineligible player in its encounter against CS Sfaxian of Tunisia.
Rangers was, before the disqualification, the only Nigerian club left in any of the top continental club competitions.
According to CAF, further to the regulatory protest of CS Sfaxian, the Organising Committee for the Inter club competitions had confirmed that Emmanuel Daniel was not eligible to play for Rangers.
Rangers, however, said that they had sent an appeal through the Enugu Football Association, which will be forwarded to the continent’s ruling body through the Nigeria Football Association (NFA). It said it would not relent in its efforts towards ensuring that the club restored its place in the competition and appealed to its fans to remain calm.
“Rangers International has officially appealed to CAF over our disqualification for fielding goalkeeper Daniel in our CAF Confederations Cup match.
“Rangers on Tuesday sent the appeal through the Enugu FA to the NFA, for forwarding to CAF, with the official protest fee. We have vowed to follow it to the matter even to CAF, so we appeal to our fans to keep hope alive and remain resolute.
“Daniel was duly licensed to play for Rangers, by the League Management Company (LMC), and NFA for the 2012/2013 soccer season,” the statement said.
Accordingly, CS Sfaxian, which had been eliminated by Rangers in the final preliminary round of the competition, would replace Rangers in the group stage, if CAF refuses to rescind its decision.