Al Ahly wants equal opportunities for finalists

Al Ahly wants equal opportunities for finalists
Al Ahly SC warm up during the CAF Champions League 2021/22

by Staff Reporter

Monday May 16, 2022. 11:07

Al Ahly insist they will play the CAF Champions League final no matter the venue, although they are continuing to push for the game to be held in a neutral country.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced last week that Morocco will host the showpiece event for the second year in a row as the Red Eagles’ request for a neutral venue fell on deaf ears.

The Egyptian giants subsequently confirmed they had lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to contest CAF’s decision, which gives Wydad Casablanca an unfair advantage in the final.

The Red Castle are set to take on Pitso Mosimane’s side in front of their home fans at the Mohammed V Stadium on May 30 – a move the defending champions labelled as “unfair and goes against all the FIFA regulations and the Olympic Charter”.

The Al Ahly board held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the matter further and they are demanding that the final be postponed until CAS has made its ruling.

“The club will play the CAF Champions League final no matter where the game is held, guided by the club’s values and traditions. We did not receive any statements confirming the details of the game. Al Ahly adheres to its legitimate demands and will request specific regulations to ensure justice between the two competing teams in the final, which will be the headline of the biggest competition in Africa,” a statement on the club’s official website read.

“The club decided to take the dispute to CAS and escalate the situation after all the negative matters in organizing CAF competitions, which do not have specific regulations for a long time. The club demands CAS to determine the case before the date of the final. The club wants the game to be held in a neutral venue or to be postponed until determining the situation by CAS, to provide equal opportunities for the two competing teams.

“Whatever the outcomes of the situation, the club will continue proceeding with its complaint to CAS as the club has a role to do for our beloved continent based on the continental and international value of the club that will participate in the final for the 15th time in history.

“The club is looking forward to having the support of the national and international organizations in correcting what has been happening and providing the best for football in Africa, regarding the competitions and football venues. Our beloved continent that has produced some of the finest talents in the world deserves the best on all levels.

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