Mangasport delivered, on August 8, the reasons for its refusal to participate in the African Football Confederation Cup (Caf). The club argued the lack of visibility on the start of the 2022-2023 sports season and the lack of additional budget to support the additional phase of the competition.
The national sports community was shocked to learn that Mangasport, although qualified for the next Confederation of African Football Cup (Caf), has decided not to participate in the competition. The club sponsored by the Compagnie Miniere de l’Ogooué (Comilog) gave the two main reasons for its decision on August 8.
The mining club mentioned from the outset the lack of visibility on the start of the 2022-2023 sports season, « with the very high risk of having to pay people without activities for long months (Fifa prohibits breach of contract during the season) ». The second reason put forward by the club is « the lack of additional budget to support the additional phase of the Caf Cup (150 million CFA francs) ».
To take part in the interclub competitions organized by the governing body of African football, the clubs applying for the license intending to participate must submit to the licensing procedure with their federations. On June 20, Mangasport was invited by the Gabonese Football Federation (Fegafoot) to follow this process. « After internal consultation and after agreement from our sponsor, it is in all good conscience that we have made the decision not to apply for a license this year », claimed Mangasport.
If it can be misunderstood, the choice of 2e of the last national championship still makes sense. Based on the two reasons put forward, Mangasport prefers to anticipate a possible disappointment at the Caf Cup, and thus avoid being the Sparring partner of its opponents. Sparring-partner is an anglicism used to designate a training partner in certain sports.