CAF sets dates for Champions League, Confed Cup finals

CAF sets dates for Champions League, Confed Cup finals
Esperance de Tunis team captain Moez Ben Cherifia

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 24, 2019. 16:00

The dates for the new-look finals of both the African Champions League and African Confederation Cup have been set by the Confederation of African Football and will be played at the end of May.

CAF are introducing a single final at a neutral venue for the first time for both competitions and have fixed the Confederation Cup final for Sunday May 24 and the Champions League final on the following Friday, May 29.

The venues are yet to be settled as CAF takes a major risk in hoping there will be enough neutral interest to watch the games.

The announcement of the dates follows a massive overhaul to the fixtures for the rest of this season’s club competitions.

The decision to host the African Nations Championship in Cameroon in April means the group phase of both the Champions League and Confederation Cup will now be squashed into just two months.

No club competition matches can be played at the same time as the CHAN-2020 tournament in Cameroon from April 4-25 so the programme for the club competitions has had to change.

The final three matchdays, set for February and March, will now be crammed into January and the first two days of February.

The quarter-final draw is being brought forward a full month to February 9 and the knockout phase commences now at the end of February rather than in April as previously scheduled.

By the time the CHAN 2020 tournament starts, the two club competitions will be reduced down to their last four competitors.

The two legs of the semi-finals now take place over the first two weekends of May with the finals at the end of the month.

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