Harras El-Hodoud want Champions League clarification
Harras El-Hodoud are seeking to know whether they will play in next season's African Champions League after the Egyptian Premier League was called off on Saturday
Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 11 Mar 2012
Haras El-Hodoud coach Tarek El-Ashri
Harras El-Hodoud coach Tarek El-Ashry has asked the Egypt Football Association (EFA) to clarify whether his team will participate in next season's African Champions League after the Egyptian Premier League 2011/12 season was cancelled on Saturday.
Surprise package El-Hodoud were leading the 19-team table when the EFA called off the competition in the wake of the Port Said tragedy, which left 74 fans killed and hundreds injured following a league game between Masry and title holders Ahly.
“I am not against the league cancellation but I want to know: Will we be considered as the league champions? Will we take part in the upcoming edition of the CAF Champions League,” El-Ashry told Ahram Sport on Saturday.
According to CAF regulations, the Egyptian league champions and runners-up participate in Africa's premier club competition. However, it remains to be seen whether El-Hodoud will be eligible to feature in the Champions League next season after the domestic league was cancelled.
The EFA said it would hold a friendly tournament instead, which is highly unlikely to determine who will represent Egypt in African competitions next season.
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