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Zamalek asks CAF for 'equal chances' between semi-finalists after rescheduling of Raja clash

Zamalek claim that they will have only 5 days ahead of the final, if they manage to qualify, while their opponent will have 14 days of rest between their semis and the final game

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Oct 2020
Zamalek v Raja Casablanca

Zamalek expressed their displeasure over the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) decision to postpone the second leg of the Champions League semis between Zamalek and Raja de Casablanca, asking the football governing body in an official letter to reschedule the date of the final if they insist on setting a new date for Zamalek’s game against the Moroccan side.

The CAF decided on Thursday to postpone Zamalek’s game against the Moroccan side set to be played on Saturday 24 October at Cairo Stadium, setting 1 November as a new date for the game at the same venue.

The football governing body insisted that the second semi-final between Ahly and Wydad will be played as scheduled on Friday 23 October as well as the final on 6 November in Cairo.

The decision came upon the request of the Raja de Casablanca, who asked the CAF to postpone the game after the Ministry of Health imposed on Tuesday a one-week travel ban on the team after 14 players of the Moroccan team tested positive of coronavirus.

Zamalek put one foot in the Champions League final after defeating the Moroccan side 1-0 at home on Sunday thanks to a nice header from Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki.

"It is not fair that a team will play the final after only five days while its opponent has a couple of weeks of rest," read the letter sent to the CAF on Thursday.

"We are asking only for equal chances between the semi-finalists and that all teams have the same difference of days between the semi-final and the final."

Cairo giants Ahly are also close to reaching the continental final after earning an away 2-0 first leg advantage at the expense of another Moroccan side Wydad de Casablanca on Saturday.

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