Al Ahly take another swipe at CAF

Al Ahly take another swipe at CAF
Al Ahly SC warm up during the CAF Champions League 2021/22

by Staff Reporter

Friday May 27, 2022. 16:00

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has again come under fire from Al Ahly over the scheduling of the Champions League final so close to a FIFA international break.

The Red Eagles claim to be the victims of unfair play as they face Wydad Casablanca on May 30, which is the first day that clubs are obliged by world football’s governing body to release their players for internationals.

The Egyptian giants were in a similar situation a few months ago when they participated at the Club World Club during the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

As a result, Pitso Mosimane was without several of his first-team regulars for the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, where his team still managed to finish third.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has already rescheduled the Pharaohs’ opening two group games of their 2023 AFCON qualifying campaign against Guinea and Ethiopia from June 2 and 6 to the 5th and the 9th of the month to accommodate Mosimane’s side.

Al Ahly will release their international players to the respective national associations directly after the CAF Champions League final.

“Sport is about fairness, equality and fair play: this is our objective and should be Caf’s too,” Al Ahly chief executive Amr Shaheen told BBC Sport Africa.

“This is not the first time for Al Ahly to suffer from procedurals setbacks due to the lack of synchronisation between the African calendar and the international calendar.

“Now we are facing the same situation again in less than three months. We have received letters from national associations asking us to release their players for the Fifa international break on 30 May.

“We have 12 international players in our squad from six different nationalities. If our players keep on missing all the important matches and events for reasons beyond Al Ahly’s and the players’ control, this will be a waste of Al Ahly funds. The situation is a huge concern.”

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