Three countries request to host the final of the African Champions


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that three countries, including Morocco and Tunisia, have requested to host the final match of the African Champions League for the 2019-2020 season.

The African Union said in a statement that Morocco, Tunisia and Cameroon submitted their requests within the deadline set by the Union between 11 and 20 February last.

Morocco has proposed the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, and Tunisia’s Olympic stadium Rades in the capital, while Cameroon has offered to host the final at the Gaboma Stadium in Douala.

The final match will be held on May 29.

The competition has reached the quarter-finals now, in which 6 Arab teams are participating, including Esperance Sports, holder of the last two copies, the Tunisian coastal star, Wadad, Raja Casablanca, Moroccans, Al-Ahly and Zamalek of Egypt, in addition to the Congolese Democratic Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

Esperance plays with its guest Zamalek on Friday forth (1-3 away), while the coastal star meets Saturday with Wydad Casablanca (0-2), Mazembe with Raja Casablanca (0-2), and Sundowns with Al-Ahly (0-2).

The semi-final will be held on the first and eighth of next May, back and forth, respectively.

It is the first time that the final of the ancient continental competition took place from only one match, and the same is true for the Federation Cup.

The continental union decided at a meeting of its executive committee in Cairo last July, to adopt the system of the one-final match for the Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions on neutral ground starting from the current season, instead of a final round with two round-trip matches on the ground of each party.

The African Union confirmed that Morocco was the only country that submitted its candidacy to host the Confederation Cup final scheduled for May 24th.

The kingdom proposed Prince Moulay Abd Allah Stadium in the capital Rabat.

In turn, the competition reached the second leg of the quarter-finals with the participation of 5 Arab teams, namely, Nahdat Berkane, Al-Wasif, Hassania Agadir, the Moroccans, the Egyptian Port Said, the Egyptian Pyramids, and the Libyan victory, in addition to Horoya Conakry the Guinean, Zanako the Zambian and Enyimba of Nigeria.

The return matches will be held on Sunday, so Pyramids will play with their guest Zanaco (3-0 back), Hosni Agadir with Al-Nasr (5-0), Nahdat Berkane with Al-Masry (2-2), and Horwia with Enyimba (1-1).

The semi-finals will be held on May 3 and 10 next, back and forth, respectively.

The African Union indicated that the final decision to choose the host country will be taken next Thursday, during the meeting of the CAF Emergency Committee.

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