CAF postpone Champions League semi-final

CAF postpone Champions League semi-final

by Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 24, 2020. 09:00

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have postponed the second-leg TOTAL CAF Champions League semi-final between Zamalek and Raja Casablanca, originally set to take place on Saturday, 24 October due to a COVID-19 related incident.

The semi-final will now take place on November 1st with Zamalek carrying a narrow 1-0 lead into the match, following their success in Morocco last weekend.

The following press release was sent out by CAF this week:

2019/20 T0TAL CAF Champions League Semi-final between Zamalek SC and Raja CA will be played on November 1st, 2020

On Tuesday, October 20, RAJA CA informed CAF of the quarantine of its team by the Moroccan health authorities, following the detection of eight (8) players declared positive for COVID-19 tests. In addition, we received decisions of the Moroccan authorities canceling the special authorization to travel outside Moroccan territory granted to RAJA and thus imposing the club a self-isolation for one week, until October 27, 2020, date of a new PCR test.

As a result, the team will not be able to travel to Egypt for their second leg of the 2019/20 T0TAL CAF Champions League Semi-Finals against Zamalek, scheduled for 24 October 2020. Following a consultation meeting held immediately between the CAF experts, the authorities of RAJA CA and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), the President of RAJA CA reaffirmed the willingness of the Club to participate until about this competition.

Faced with this situation, in order to protect the integrity of the competition and promote a spirit of solidarity, the Organizing Committee for Inter-Club Competitions and Management of Club Licensing System has agreed to postpone the return match of the semi-final of the Champions League between Zamalek SC and Raja CA on November 1st, 2020. At the same time, the match Al Ahly SC – WAC is maintained and the Final of the 2019/20 Total CAF Champions League remains scheduled for November 06th, 2020.

For CAF, the health of players is a categorical imperative in accordance with CAF COVID- 19 health directives which offer guarantees for the health and safety of players and officials while facilitating a return to play with the holding of matches. The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) pandemic requires temporary adaptations to be made to regulations depending on the evolution of the pandemic and the available scientific knowledge. Temporary measures and practices taken here are only justified in the face of these exceptional circumstances. They can thus evolve according to the situation.

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