Champions League final: CAF reverses to home and away format

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reversed its decision to stage the Champions League final in one match and return to home-and-away basis.

President Patrice Motsepe announced on Sunday, 3 July at its Executive Committee meeting in Morocco.

In 2018, CAF took a decision to host the Champions League and Confederation Cup finals in the same country.

But the continent’s football governing body rescinded its decision due to events leading up to the 2022 final Al Ahly of Egypt and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca.

The Egyptian side raised issues over the choice of Mohamed V Stadium to host the final against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in May, and the South African football administrator explained why the decision could not be reversed.

“But let me tell you, the concern from Al Ahly that they were being disadvantaged [by playing Wydad in Morocco], is a legitimate and fair concern,” Motsepe said.

The decision has now been reversed after CAF executive meeting yesterday Sunday 3, 2022.

By Ferdinand A. Baah, Sports Journalist