The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have decided that the final of both the Champions League and the Confederations Cup will not be played in two legs, it will rather be honoured in a one off game at a neutral grounds starting from next season.
This decision was taken after an Executive Committee meeting was held in Cairo earlier today ahead of the AFCON third place game which comes off tonight. They all shared the same sentiment with the decision so it had to be passed on.
CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad made this declaration on his official twitter handle to confirm the decision:
”Huge decision that @CAF_Online’s #exco took today : the #CAFChampionsLeague and #CAFConfederationsCup finals will be now played on a single game. #Football #CAF.”
Initially, the final of the CAF inter-club competitions were observed in a two legged game where the two finalists will host each other at their home venue to decide the winner but the highest football governing body on the continent have this time around agreed to go the European way.
The main reason behind this decision was how the just ended final of the Champions League ended abruptly just after 55 minutes. It was a game between two heavyweights, Esperance from Tunisia and Wydad AC from Morocco. The Moroccan giant went off the pitch and never came back due to the overruling of a legitimate goal they scored by VAR and this forced Gambian referee, Bakary Ali Gassama to end the game on the 60th minute.
With this, the Confederation of African Football have now arrived at a conclusion after the meeting that the final of their inter-club competitions will be played in a one off game and also at a neutral ground from now onwards.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim/Eblaradio.com