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CAF likely to postpone Champions League, Confed Cup semis

The semi-finals for the African inter-clubs competitions were scheduled for the first week of May

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Apr 2020
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The Confederation of African Football is set to postpone the African Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals, currently scheduled for the first week of May, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Football has come to halt around the world since March and most countries have shut down their training facilities to curb the spread of the new virus.

"We are monitoring this unstable situation in Africa due to the coronavirus crisis and we are yet to take a decision. It is likely that a decision will be made in the next few days to postpone the remaining games of the Champions League and Confederation Cup," CAF Acting Secretary-General Abdel-Moneim Bah told beIN sports on Thursday.

Egyptian giants Ahly and Zamalek are set to play Morocco's heavyweights Wydad and Raja respectively in the Champions League, while Pyramids FC, Egypt’s rising power, are set to play Horoya of Guinea in the Confederation Cup semis. RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir will face off in a Moroccan derby in the second leg.

"We are considering several scenarios but we may postpone it for a few months hoping that we will get past this crisis by summer. We have alternative plans but that is the most likely scenario," Bah added.

CAF have already called off the March qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, and may also delay all their upcoming fixtures until the summer.

"This this an unprecedented situation. I don't know if African football will return stronger, but we are doing our best to contain the impact of this crisis," Bah concluded.

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