CAF officials decided to organize a special honor for Moamen Zakaria, Al-Ahly player, who suffers from a rare disease, on the sidelines of the final match of the African Champions League, in a medical gesture from CAF to support the player in his health crisis and motivate him to get out of it as soon as possible.
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It is noteworthy that Al-Ahly and Zamalek will face Wydad and Al-Raja Al-Maghribi on October 17 and 18 in the African Champions League semi-finals.
A source with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed that the initiative of Eng. Hani Abu Raida, a member of the CAF Executive Office, to appoint Moamen Zakaria, the star of Al-Ahly Club, as an ambassador for the final of the CAF Champions League, on the way to obtain approval, after Abu Raida succeeded in convincing CAF officials with that step to support the player who suffers From a serious illness that caused him to be banned from football and to freeze his professional career.
The source explained that CAF will announce within days the launch of the initiative presented by Abu Raida and the accreditation of Moamen Zakaria as ambassador for the final of the tournament, which will, based on his role, carry out many activities, most notably attending the final match and placing the championship cup on the pitch of the match and participating in handing over the cup to the winners on the stadium that did not Determined until the end of the semi-final matches.
Al-Ahly will meet with Wydad and Zamalek with Raja in the semi-finals of the Champions League this October, and CAF has developed 3 scenarios for the final version of the current version of the African Champions League, which will be held from one match and not the first-and-come system, the first is its residence in Egypt if Al-Ahly and Zamalek qualify and the second in Morocco If Raja and Wydad qualify, and the third is in a neutral stadium if one team from Morocco and another from Egypt qualify.
Eng. Hani Abu Raida, a member of the International Football Council, FIFA, and a member of the Executive Office of the African Confederation, CAF, launched an initiative to support Moamen Zakaria, the player of Al-Ahly club and the national team, in his current treatment journey, which was summarized in the following points.
1- Addressing the Confederation of African Football to choose Moamen Zakaria as its ambassador for the final match of the African Champions League this year.
2- Communicating with the Egyptian Football Association, the African Union and the International Football Association to discuss the establishment of a fund project bearing the name of the player Moamen Zakaria to provide the necessary support for him, and the fund will continue to care for all Egyptian players who suffer exceptional injuries in the future, and to support and care for Egyptian players after retirement or retirement.
3- Work with the Association of Old Players and Professional Players, the Football Association and the relevant bodies to deduct a percentage of the contracts between clubs and players to finance the fund.
4- Addressing the Ministry of Youth, the Professional Players Association and FIFA Players Affairs Committees to study how to end all legal obstacles that clubs face to pay the dues of injured players.
5- A proposal to the Football Association to release the player’s name to one of the halls / stadiums of the new Egyptian Federation headquarters in the 6th of October.
6- Addressing the Syndicate of Journalists and the Sports Critics Association with a recommendation to launch a prize in the name of the player Moamen Zakaria, which is awarded annually at the awards ceremony for the best in Egypt.