Jonathan Mashingaidze, the Zifa chief executive officer, said that Highlanders had been registered to participate in the Confederation Cup due to a breakdown in communication. The Bulawayo team went into the hat for the draw and scheduled to meet Zambia’s Nchanga Red Devils in the preliminary leg on January 29 at Barbourfields Stadium.
Themba Ndlela, the Highlanders chairman said they had indicated to ZIFA that they could not participate in the competition due to a cash shortage facing the club. He said they communicated the withdrawal to ZIFA who were supposed to inform the Confederation of African Football. However ZIFA do not have an email.
According to regulations, Highlanders will be slapped from a two year from all continental competition for withdrawing in the middle of the competition. Clubs are allowed to withdraw before the draw of the Confederation Cup and Champions League respectively. Dynamos and Motor Action are taking part in the Champions next year. DeMbare have been given a bye in the preliminary as they ranked among the 16 best teams in Africa.