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CAF probe cancelled Champions League match in Egypt

Egyptian club Zamalek are involved in a CAF Champions League dispute with Senegalese side Generation Foot © AFP / Yasuyoshi CHIBA

Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 30 – African Football Confederation officials confirmed Monday that they are investigating why a CAF Champions League match scheduled for Egypt at the weekend was not played.

Zamalek of Egypt were due to meet Generation Foot of Senegal in Cairo Saturday in the second leg of the last-32 tie with the west Africans holding a 2-1 aggregate lead.

But Zamalek decided last Friday to move the match to Sunday in Alexandria, a coastal city 220 kilometres (137 miles) northwest of Cairo, citing “security reasons”.

There were protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last Friday, but they did not prevent domestic league matches being played in Cairo the following day.

Referring to those matches, Egyptian Football Association spokesman Osama Ismail said they were “held behind closed doors due to the security circumstances in Cairo.

“The teams playing those matches did not have big fan bases, and thus having those matches in Cairo would not cause a security crisis (unlike Zamalek).”

Ismail said CAF fixtures involving two other Egyptian clubs, Al Ahly and Al Masry, were moved from Cairo to Alexandria.

However, Generation rejected the late date and venue changes and turned up Saturday at the original match venue only to be barred from entering the stadium.

Zamalek pitched up at the Alexandria stadium the following day and the referee waited 15 minutes after the kick-off time before calling off the match.

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Senegalese officials insist that, according to CAF rules, a match date and venue can be changed only if both teams agree.

“The relevant CAF bodies and representatives are currently examining the situation and further information and updates will be issued in due time,” a CAF statement said.

Whichever club wins the disputed tie will join 15 others in the October 9 group phase draw and be guaranteed at least $550,000 (500,000 euros) prize money.

The losers drop to the less lucrative second-tier CAF Confederation Cup, where the minimum prize money is $275,000, half that of the Champions League.


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