CAF’s inaugural one-match finals in jeopardy

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Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - The Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s much anticipated inaugural one-match finals for the Champions League 2019/20 and Confederation Cup are in jeopardy due to the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Initially, CAF’s Champions League final and Confederation Cup final were played on a home and away basis but a CAF executive committee of June 2019 changed that decision to allow the inter-clubs finals to be played in a single match.

Douala in Cameroon, and Rabat in Morocco, were the two cities to get the nod to host the 2019/20 Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup respectively.

The two cities got the nod following evaluation of the submitted bids taking into consideration key facilities such as infrastructure, accommodation, and medical amon, others.

A newly-built Japoma Stadium in the Cameroonian city of Douala was set to stage the final of the premier continental club championship on 29 May 2020.

Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Stadium in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, was set to  play host to the final of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup on 24 May 2020.

These events are, however, at the risk of not happening as the world continues to struggle to contain the coronavirus, which has left thousands of people dead.

Although CAF has not made an announcement regarding the two finals, the continental body has already postponed the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021, and African Nations Championship, which was slated for next month.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad said they will continue to monitor the situation because despite CAF being a football organisation, one of the objectives was to partake in the fight against scourges posing a threat to the continent and humanity.

 

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