This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Confederation cup at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (AFP)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Monday the final dates and venues of both the semis and final of the Confederation Cup and Champions League after being approved by the CAF Emergency Committee.
The CAF revealed that the African Confederation Cup semi-final matches will be played as previously determined on 22 September, while the final will be on 27 of the same month and all games will be behind closed doors.
On 29 July, the African football governing body announced that the Confederation Cup semis will be held in a one-leg format; unlike the Champions League semifinals that will be played in the original two-leg format.
According to CAF’s statement on Monday, the first match of the Confederation Cup between Egypt’s Pyramids FC and Guinea’s Horoya will be played at Mohammed V Complex stadium, Casablanca. The second match between Morocco’s RS Berkane and Morocco’s HUSA will be at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat.
The prestigious tournament final will be played at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium; however, all matches will be played behind closed doors.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) previously asked the CAF to apply the same format of the final stages to both the Champions League and Confederations Cup to ensure fair play.
The CAF Champions League semifinals include two teams from Egypt and two teams from Morocco, as Ahly faces Wydad Casablanca while Zamalek will play against Rajaa Casablanca.
Regarding the Champions League, no changes were made to the dates and Venues announced by the CAF on 29 July.
The first leg matches will be played in Morocco on 25 and 26 September, and the second leg matches will be hosted by Cairo on 2 and 3 October.
The final match of the continental club tournament will take place on 16 or 17 October, but under certain conditions determined by the CAF.
If Ahly and Zamalek win their semifinal games, the final will be held in Cairo, and if Wydad and Rajaa defeat the Cairo giants, then the final will be held in Morocco. If the final includes a team from each country, the game will be hosted by a neutral venue.
The CAF started receiving bids from the countries who want to host the African Champions League final starting Wednesday until 7 August.
All continental sports activities have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, which were originally scheduled to be played on 1 May.
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