The African Football Confederation (CAF) yesterday confirmed its adherence to the celebration of the African Champions League final in Morocco, and from one match, despite the protest of Al-Ahly of Egypt. The Egyptian Football Association earlier announced that it had submitted an application to CAF to host the Champions League final this month, objecting to assigning the organization of the final match to Morocco.
The expectations point to a confrontation between Al-Ahly of Egypt, current champion, and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, in the final of the competition on the 30th of this month, after two great victories in the first leg of the semifinals. Al-Ahly beat ES Setif of Algeria 4-0 in Cairo, while Wydad beat Petro Atlético de Angola 3-1.
The crisis began when CAF announced the holding of the final in Morocco, after two semi-final first legs, which angered Al-Ahly for the violation of the principle of equal opportunities and the bias towards Wydad.
CAF said that it “understands the complaints and concerns” of Al-Ahly and the Egyptian Federation, but highlighted its commitment to hold the final of a match in accordance with a decision made by the previous board of directors in 2019. CAF indicated that “its rules And FIFA rules don’t allow changing the competition system once it starts.”
Kef explained that “Morocco, along with Senegal, only met the criteria to host the final, while Egypt did not submit an application to host the match.” Following Senegal’s withdrawal, CAF decided to hold the final in Morocco. Kef added that discussions are underway to return to the home-and-away system in the Champions League final.
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