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14:30    20 Mar 2017

Malian clubs disqualified from FIFA competitions

Following a move by FIFA to ban Malian Football Federation from international competitions, local Malian clubs have became the first victims after being disqualified from the CAF Confederation Cup.

According to weekend reports, the world football governing body has decided to ban the Malian FA until further notice over government interference in football matters.

Subsequent to the ban, two Bamako-based clubs in Djoliba and Onze Createurs became the first victims of the suspension after they were stopped from playing in CAF African club competition on Saturday and effectively disqualified.

Both clubs had leads from last weekend's first leg matches at home in the second round of the African Confederation Cup.

CAF Confederation Cup wrap

Djoliba were 2-0 up over Egypt's Al Masry and Onze Createurs had a 1-0 advantage over Rwanda's Rayon Sports.

The two outfits had already set off for their return matches in Ismaili and Kigali, but were barred from playing after FIFA banned the west African country on Friday.

Furthermore, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is reported to have confirmed as much in a letter to the Mali Football Federation.

FIFA banned the FA following a move by Mali Sports Minister Housseïni Amion Guindo who dissolved the executive committee of FEMAFOOT.

The world's football mother body announced that the ban would be lifted only when the FEMAFOOT board and president Boubacar Baba Diarra are reinstated.

The decision means that Mali, placed 61st in the world rankings, cannot be involved in any international activity of any kind until the dispute is resolved to FIFA's satisfaction.

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