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Pirates thrown out of CAF Cup 16/08/04
Orlando Pirates have been ousted out of the Confederations Cup following their failure to travel to Cameroon for their fourth round replay against Sable de Batie.

The initial match was rained out three weeks ago and was postponed three more times.

On Sunday, the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) emergency committee decided to eliminate the Buccaneers from the competition for not honouring the fixture.

A CAF statement said that their Organising Committee and disciplinary board will discuss Pirates' punishment when the committee meets in Cairo on September 26.

However, Pirates claim to have written to CAF on Wednesday claiming that they were unable to travel to Cameroon in time for the clash.

But CAF said on their website that "since the rescheduling of the match for the 15th of August in Cameroon, Orlando Pirates had enough time to organize a proper travel arrangement allowing the team to reach Cameroon on time."

Usually clubs that default a continental club competition fixture face a three-year ban and a fine by CAF, but two years ago fellow PSL side Kaizer Chiefs were expelled for similar reason and only received a hefty fine.

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