Choice of Morocco to host the final of the CAF Champions League

This decision of the CAF hardly enchants the Egyptians, who believe that it is contrary to the laws and the ethics of the world authorities. They seized the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to win their case.

The final of the African Champions League will be played on May 30, 2022 at the Mohammed V Complex in Casablanca. This is the official decision announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). “CAF has received bids from the Senegalese Football Federation and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to host the 2022 TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Final.

The Senegalese Football Federation subsequently withdrew its candidacy. CAF is therefore happy to award the organization of the final to Morocco”, explains the body in a press release published Monday, May 9, 2022 on its web portal. A final that will take place in a single confrontation instead of the old formula of round-trip matches.

And this is where the shoe pinches, at least for Al Ahly. Niet, says the Egyptian club. And for good reason, he and Wydad should, barring very big surprises, meet for this last act of this competition. The Casaouis won 3 goals 1 against the Angolans of Petro Luanda, during the first leg semi-final played on Saturday May 7th. The Reds and Whites got the game off to a perfect start by opening the scoring in the 16th minute with an own goal from Tiago Azulao, before sinking their opponent thanks to goals from Yahya Jabrane (45th) and Congolese Guy Mbenza (68th) .

As for the Cairo club, it made short work of the Algerians of the Entente Sétif, thanks to its South African international striker Percy Tau who flew over the debates. Author of a double in the 30th and 90th minutes, he is also involved in the goals of Taher Mohamed (54th) and Mohamed Sherif (72nd). The return legs will take place respectively on May 13 and 14, 2022 in Casablanca and Algiers.

Choose neutral ground
So you will understand. The possibility of crossing swords with the men of Regragui on their favorite lawn of Casablanca does not delight the defending champions. The Egyptian Football Federation (EFA) immediately published a press release in which it invites CAF to show fair play between the two finalists. Ihab El-Komy, member of the EFA Steering Committee, told the country’s famous sports channel On Time Sports on May 9 that the body sent a letter to CAF asking them to change the place of the final.

Al Ahly has moved up a gear by officially filing a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, because according to him, this decision by the mainland football body is against laws and ethics. global bodies. The club asks him to make his decision quickly and to relocate this match on a neutral ground, far from the four countries of the semi-finalists in this case Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Angola. He also castigates the withdrawal of the Senegalese candidacy “without announcement or apparent reason”. On social networks, some sports journalists from the continent are also surprised at the choice of Morocco to host this final, especially since, they say, the last edition took place in the same country.

On the side of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), we prefer to ignore this controversy. According to Fouzi Lekjaâ’s staff, the Kingdom submitted its application before the end of February 2022, during the group stage of the competition, the last deadline for submitting applications. Will CAF comply with the demands of the Egyptians or rather maintain its decision? The next few days will edify us.

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