CAF to investigate Zamalek-Generation Foot venue change

CAF to investigate Zamalek-Generation Foot venue change
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by Staff Reporter

Monday Sep 30, 2019. 11:00

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) say they are reviewing the situation after Zamalek were declared winners of their Champions League tie against Senegalese side Generation Foot on Sunday.

Zamalek were trailing 2-1 from the first leg, but a change of venue from Cairo to Alexandria, and a 24-hour delay in the game, incensed their visitors, who refused to play.

Zamalek pitched up at the stadium and as their opponents were a no-show, were awarded the fixture 3-0.

But CAF have released a statement saying they will review the facts before making the decision, as the move of date and venue for the fixture just two days before it was due to be played, is a breach of tournament regulations.

Zamalek say they had to make the move due to security concerns in Cairo, and this fact is also being investigated by CAF.

Two Egyptian Premier League games were played in Cairo without incident over the weekend, suggesting the security concerns may have been unfounded.

On the face of it, Generation Foot have a strong case and are likely to fight any award of the game to Zamalek as they seek to become the first Senegalese side to make the group stages of the Champions League since Jeanne d’Arc reached the semifinals in 2004.

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