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Al Ahly coach Mosimane questions CAF's decision to hold Champions League final in Morocco

Published on: 10 May 2022

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane is taken aback by CAF's last-minute decision to name Morocco as the host country for the Champions League for the second consecutive season.

CAF announced its decision on Monday, stating that it received two bids from the Senegalese Football Federation and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, but the former later withdrew.

Mosimane's Red Devils defended their 2020 title when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs in last season's final at Stade Mohammed V in Morocco.

Reacting to the news, Mosimane posted on social media: "When the CAF Champions League group stages games were finished, rumours were saying SA is hosting.

"After the semi-finals game were decided, there was a loud silence on the country to host the final. Then after the first leg of the semi-finals, suddenly Morocco is hosting."

The previous CAF leadership decided on 17 July 2019 that the winner of the competition will be determined by a one-leg final, instead of the usual two-legged, home and away final.

CAF says it is currently discussing returning to the old two-leg home and away final to determine the winner, rather than the one-leg final.

Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca are the favourites to win the final after winning their first leg games in the semi-finals by great margins.

Both matches took place this past weekend, with Ahly defeating ES Setif 4-0 in Cairo and Wydad beating Petro de Luanda 3-1 in Angola.

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