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Ahly refuse to play CL final at Arab Contractors' stadium

Ahly requests alternative venue for second-leg of Champions League final due to quality of Arab Contractors' pitch

Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 29 Oct 2013
Ahly players celebrate scoring the opener against Coton Sport in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna on Sunday (photo: Reuters)
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Ahly have asked the Egyptian football Association to move the Champions League final from the Arab Contractors' stadium due to the quality of the pitch.

The Ministry of Interior had agreed to stage the second-leg of the Champions League final, scheduled for 10 November, at the Arab Contactors' stadium.

However, the team's technical staff believes the stadium is not fit to host the prestigious final of Africa's elite club competition.

"Ahly has asked the Ministry of Interior to choose between Cairo Stadium, the Air Defence Stadium and the Military Academy's Stadium to host the final," read a statement on the Club's official website on Tuesday.

The Cairo giants confirmed that the board of Cairo Stadium has agreed to host the final, urging the Ministry of Interior to move the final to the 67,000 capacity stadium.

South African team Orlando Pirates will host Ahly in the first-leg on 2 November in Johannesburg.

Ahly are aiming to win their eighth Champions League's title, while Orlando are looking to clinch their first continental title since 1995, when they won the African Cup of Champions.

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