CAF Champions League completion in doubt as participants await Cameroon’s decision

  • Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to confirm the fate of African Champions League finals. The body awaits Cameroon’s feedback on hosting this year’s final matches.

CAF’s executive committee had a meeting last week and discussed the way forward on the continent’s top club competition.

The committee selected Cameroon as the suitable host of Africa’s elite league. The country will also be asked to stage the semi-finals and final of this year’s African Champions League

The COVID-19 health crisis has suspended football across most of the continent since March and lead to postponement of the competition at the semi-final stage. CAF’s Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah wrote a letter to member associations updating them.

“CAF is waiting for the confirmation of Cameroon on its availability to host the matches,”. The letter from Bah read in part.

The CAF president had earlier stated that the remaining, likely to be held in September. Bah recently added that the exact dates for the games would be confirmed at a later date.

The semi-final matches will be contested between Egyptian and Moroccan clubs. Record winners Al Ahly are due to meet last year’s runners-up Wydad Casablanca while Zamalek takes on Raja Casablanca.

CAF has decided to scrap this year’s African Women’s Championship following the fact that no new host has been found since Congo withdrew last year. The body said it would launch a Women’s Champions League in 2021.

CAF said the semi-finals would be played as single matches, with extra time and a post-match penalty shootout if necessary, to decide the winner.

It will also allow five substitutions for each team in a game.

As soon as the semi-final and final dates of this year’s event are finalized, the kick-off for next season’s Champions League, originally scheduled for August, will only be confirmed, Bah affirmed.

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