Clubs refuse to play in Mali after military coup

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 1 May 2012

ENPPI and Wydad do not want to play against their Malian rivals in the unstable country

Enppi won't risk playing in Mali (Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)

Egyptian side ENPPI and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca have announced that they will ask the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to change the location of the games against Malian sides Cercle and Real Bamako for their return legs in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The games were scheduled to be played in Mali, but the Egyptian and Moroccan clubs are requesting changes of venue because of recent violence and instability in the west African country.

"We will make a demand for the CAF to remove the venue of the return leg scheduled for 12 May due to the circumstances in Mali. We can't send anyone there right now as the situation is unclear," ENPPI president Mohamed Badr told Egyptian state agency MENA.

Meanwhile, Wydad president Abdallah Akram told Moroccan site Al-Botola that he cannot risk the lives of his players and go through the same circumstances as Ahly. Players from Ahly are currently trapped in Bamako following Monday's military coup.

ENPPI defeated Cercle 3-1 while Wydad hammered Real Bamako 3-0 and were set to play the return legs in Mali in two weeks.

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