On Thursday, May 12, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rejected Al-Ahly and the Egyptian Federation’s request to host the African Champions League final for the 2021/22 season.
On Thursday, the Egyptian Federation announced that it had submitted an official request to host the final of the African Champions League, but the response came quickly from CAF by rejecting.
The CAF statement read: “The Confederation of African Football received a letter from the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports indicating the request of the Egyptian Football Association and Al-Ahly to host the final of the African Champions League.”
The statement continued: “Kef appreciates and fully understands the complaints and concerns raised by Al-Ahly and the Egyptian Football Association, and is committed to the principles of fairness, justice and equality between all clubs and member associations.”
He continued: “However, CAF was obligated to abide by and implement the decision taken by the previous CAF leadership in July 2019 that the CAF Champions League final would be a one-match match, instead of the usual home and away final.”
He added, “Moreover, CAF is also bound by the CAF and FIFA regulations, which do not allow changing the rules of the competition once it is launched.”
He continued: “Morocco and Senegal were the only countries that met the criteria for the host country’s offer, after CAF asked the 54 member federations to submit offers to host the Champions League final, and Egypt did not make an offer.”
And the statement added, “Egypt submitted an offer to host the Confederation Cup final, but it did not meet the criteria of the host country, and the Confederation of African Football then awarded the African Champions League final to Morocco, after Senegal withdrew its offer.”
The statement concluded: “There are discussions currently underway within CAF, to return to the home and away system in the final to determine the winner of the African Champions League, instead of holding the final from one match.”
The Confederation of African Football “CAF” had announced that Morocco would host the final of the African Champions League, which led to a strong objection by Al-Ahly of Egypt, as it demanded the principle of equal opportunities after Moroccan Wydad came very close to booking a date in the final meeting after winning against Petro Atlético with a result. (3/1) in the first leg of the semi-finals.
While Al-Ahly managed to put a foot in the Champions League final, after winning against Algeria’s ES Setif (4/0) in the first leg of the semi-finals.
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