Wednesday Oct 09, 2019. 11:00
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have finalised a date for the second leg of the African Champions League tie between Egypt’s Zamalek and Generation Foot of Senegal, but that does not mean the Cairo club are off the hook.
The disputed tie will now take place on October 24 in the original venue of Cairo, though Zamalek have until Saturday to day which stadium the game will be played in.
CAF will cover the travel costs of the Senegalese side and the match officials, but may seek compensation from Zamalek, whose actions prompted the postponement of the original fixture.
With Zamalek trailing 2-1 from the first leg, the match was scheduled to be played in Cairo on September 28, but was shifted to Alexandria and moved a day later, with just 48 hours’ notice given to the Senegalese side.
This is in contravention of CAF rules and Generation Foot refused to play, leading to the Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions to step in.
They could have expelled Zamalek, but have instead ordered that the second leg be held, and say there will be a review of what caused the postponement in the first place, which is likely to lead to a fine for the White Knights.
Zamalek say they had to move the game due to security concerns in Cairo on that weekend, despite the fact that a number of Egyptian Premier League matches went ahead.
In a potential twist, the Egyptian Football Association have moved this weekend’s friendly international against Botswana from Cairo to Alexandria over security fears.