CORONAVIRUS FORCES AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS POSTPONEMENT

CORONAVIRUS FORCES AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS POSTPONEMENT
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TOPSHOT – This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

The semi-final second leg and the final match of the CAF Champions League between Egypt’s Zamalek and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca have been postponed.

According to a BBC report, CAF has confirmed the postponement asRaja’s trip to Cairo for Sunday’s contest against Zamalek was in doubt after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club in the run-up to the fixture.

CAF had already postponed the match from last weekend  after eight Raja players tested positive for coronavirus.

That number rose to 14 following another round of testing. Raja were set to carry out more tests on Thursday and were scheduled to leave for Egypt on Friday.

The final itself, which was set to take place in Egypt on Friday 6 November, has now also been moved after Egyptian authorities separately expressed concerns about the timing of both the semi-final and final because of parliamentary elections in Egypt.

CAF, according to the BBC reports, says no new dates have yet been decided for either of the games, with “official discussions” underway between stakeholders.

 The Moroccan champions lost 1-0 to Zamalek in the first leg in Casablanca earlier this month and are battling to meet another Egyptian side, Al Ahly, in the final.

Fulfilling the 2019-2020 Champions League season has proven extremely challenging for CAF because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The final was originally scheduled to be played in May, before being moved back to October and then to November.

CAF will be hoping that the fourth rescheduling will be the last.

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