Mamelodi Sundowns reinstated to CAF Champions League

This comes after the AS Vita Club of the DRC was disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

Mamelodi Sundowns players after winning the PSL on 4 May 2016. Picture: Twitter @OfficialPSL.

JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns have been given a lifeline and will continue their quest for African glory as they've been thrown back into the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Champions League.

This comes after CAF announced on Tuesday that they have disqualified AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo for fielding an ineligible player in their preliminary matches against Mafunzo of Zimbabwe.

The complaint was lodged by Mali's Stade Malien who questioned the eligibility of Idrissa Traore, who was supposed to serve a four-match suspension, while playing for Malien, that carried over into the 2016 season - he only served one of those match suspensions.

In a statement, CAF says "In the pursuance of Article VII Clause 9 & 10 of the regulations of the CAF Champions League which borders on Disciplinary Measures, the Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions decided to disqualify AS Vita from the Orange CAF Champions League, replaced by Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) the last opponent for AS Vita before qualifying for the group phase".

Sundowns were beaten in the round of 16, on the away goals rule by AS Vita, which saw the Pretoria club fall into the CAF Confederation Cup, where they were also eliminated in the preliminary round by Medeama SC earlier this month.