Sunday May 01, 2022. 11:12
Egyptian Football Association president Gamal Allam has reached out to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to request a neutral venue for the 2022 Champions League final.
Only four teams are left in this season’s competition, with defending champions Al Ahly, ES Setif, Petro de Luanda and Wydad Casablanca vying for Africa’s biggest club prize.
Morocco hosted the 2021 final between the Red Eagles and Kaizer Chiefs at the Mohammed V Stadium and the EFA has urged CAF to choose another impartial country to stage the prestigious game this year.
“The Egyptian Football Association, headed by Professor Gamal Allam, confirms that he formally addressed the Confederation of African Football to stress the need to observe the principle of equal opportunities and to hold the final match of the African Champions League and Confederation Cup on neutral stadiums,” a statement from Egyptian football’s governing body read.
“The Egyptian Football Association also confirms its reservations about holding the Champions League final in its current version 2021/22 on the stadium of any of the four countries whose teams reached the semi-finals, namely Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Angola, and demands complete impartiality in such matters.”
The CAF Champions League semi-finals sees Al Ahly take on ES Setif, while Petro de Luanda face Wydad Casablanca, with the first legs taking place on the weekend of May 6-7.