Caf ban Nania for three years

Abedi Pele holds an award he was given in 2011

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has banned Ghanaian club Nania FC from international competition for three years after their late withdrawal from the Confederation Cup.

Nania withdrew from the second-tier club competition last month, two days before they were due to host Sequence FC of Guinea in the opening round.

Nania said their major sponsors pulled out, leaving them without enough funds to sustain a continental campaign.

The club has also been fined US$1,500.

Founded and coached by former Ghana great Abedi Pele, Nania were the first second-division club to ever win the Ghanaian Cup.