Cape Town - Speculation about a possible CAF Champions League berth for Platinum Stars has been nipped in the bud after it emerged that the continental governing body had changed their regulations.
It had been thought that with Mamelodi Sundowns winning the Champions League, South Africa would get an additional place in next year's competition.
This would have meant that Platinum Stars, who finished third last season in the domestic league, would have joined Bidvest Wits and Sundowns in the Champions League.
However, the SowetanLIVE has discovered that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have recently amended the rules, as follows:
"No association will be allowed to engage more than two clubs within the CAF Champions League.
"The association of the holder of CAF Champions League is not allowed to engage another team in case the holder of CAF Champions League is defending its title.
"The change was brought in last year and so all the speculation about a third South African club in the 2017 edition is incorrect," CAF's director of communication Junior Binyam, was quoted as saying.
Platinum Stars will instead participate in the CAF Confederation Cup, along with SuperSport United, who won the Nedbank Cup.