“In any stadium in Africa” .. Al-Ahly of Egypt announces its decision regarding the Champions League final

The Egyptian Al-Ahly club decided, on Sunday, to play the Champions League final “in any stadium within the African continent”, at a time when it confirmed its continuation to resort to the International Sports Court, regarding the Confederation of African Football (CAF) adherence to holding the match in Casablanca, despite the qualification Wydad Moroccan team for the most prominent continental championship at the club level.

Al-Ahly, the defending champion in the last two years, imposed a 2-2 draw against its Algerian host, ES Setif, in the second leg of the semi-final, after winning the first leg in Cairo 4-0, and joining Wydad to the final match.

And a statement by the club, after a meeting of its board of directors, stated that it was decided to “play the final match of the Champions League in any stadium within the African continent, based on the value of Al-Ahly club and its history. The club has not received any correspondence from “K” regarding it so far.”

The statement confirmed Al-Ahly’s adherence to its “legitimate rights to demand the African Union to implement many controls for holding the match to ensure a minimum level of justice between the two competing teams, especially since this match serves as the main title for the largest and most important African competitions.”

And Al-Ahly announced, last Sunday, that it had called on the African Union to hold the final match of the African Champions League in a neutral stadium, pointing to the application of the principle of equal opportunities.

In a statement on Sunday, Al-Ahly expressed its pride in its good relationship “with all the clubs of the sisterly Kingdom of Morocco and its football-loving fans,” stressing that it is not a party to the crisis, and “and that the club’s current raised position belongs to the African Union only due to the failure to apply the principle of neutrality when making the decision. The decision to determine the stadium for the Champions League final, which was issued late, was inconsistent with FIFA regulations and the Olympic Charter.

He stressed that “resorting to the International Sports Court in this crisis came as an escalation of the club’s position on the negative aspects witnessed in African competitions, foremost of which is the lack of standards governing the organization process for long periods, before the club requested in its complaint an urgent decision on the crisis of the final stadium before the scheduled date.” And establishing justice by holding the match in a neutral stadium, or postponing the same match until the matter is decided in accordance with the regulations and imposes equality and achieves the principle of equal opportunities between the two competing teams.

Al-Ahly club announced that it will hold a global press conference after the final match, “to reveal the scenes of the African Union’s decision, which is not consistent with the rules of fair play, and to respond to everything that was stated in the statements issued by all parties in this crisis.”

Wydad Casablanca booked his ticket on Friday, by drawing 1-1 with his guest, Petro Atlético de Angola, back, after he had won 3-1 in the first leg in Luanda.

The final will be held on May 30th in Casablanca, Morocco.

Casablanca also hosted the final of the previous edition, where Al-Ahly was crowned by defeating Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa 3-0.

It is the fifteenth time that Al-Ahly has reached the final of the competition, which holds the record for the number of titles in it (10) and wants its third title in a row, while Wydad seeks its third title in the fifth final match, after winning the title in 1992 at the expense of the Sudanese Al-Hilal, and in 2017 over Al-Ahly’s account, in particular, lost the 2011 and 2019 finals, both to Tunisia’s Esperance.