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Pirates, Ahly CAF match goes ahead

Al-Ahly match against Orlando Pirates to go ahead

Posted: 30 July 2013 Time: 3:18 pm

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has turned down Egyptian giants Al-Ahly’s request to have their Champions’ League group match against Orlando Pirates scheduled for this weekend postponed to a later date.

Ahly had filed a formal letter to CAF requesting that their Group A match against Pirates be moved from this coming Sunday to August 9 due to the fact that they are fasting as it is the Muslim month of Ramadan.

The Egyptian club also cited the unavailability of a stadium to host the match due to the political instability in the North African country.

However, they have now confirmed that CAF has turned down their request and the match will now go ahead on Sunday, though they are yet to secure a venue with floodlights as the El Gouna Stadium that they currently have available has no lights.

Ahly also insist they cannot play the match during the day as they will be fasting since it is the month of Ramadan for them.

With the Air Force Stadium in Cairo not available due to demonstrators – who are against the recent coup in the country – now also targeting the military institutions Ahly must now secure another venue elsewhere outside of Cairo and Alexandria where a ban on football is still standing.

It is the responsibility of the home team to set a date, secure a venue and set the kick-off time.

“Ahly management received letter from CAF stating to refuse Ahly’s request to postpone the game versus Orlando Pirates in group stage of African Champions League to be held as scheduled 4 Aug….club official Hady Khashaba is in contact with football committee to get security agencies to approve the game to be played in a lighted stadium instead of playing at Gouna under high temperatures during the day in the month of Ramadan,” reads a statement posted on Ahly’s website.

All four teams in Group are tied on one point each after Pirates drew with AC Leopards while Ahly and Zamalek also played out a stalemate.

Pirates are expected to leave for Egypt on Thursday.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

Mnyango
posted: 03:21 pm
Good luck Pirates. You might as well leave RDS behind, I don't think he's got any game plan to win this feature.
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 03:24 pm
Let's Hope Someteam will this Game.
But i dont Trust my Hometeam from Orlando.
Love & Peace.
Gab
posted: 03:25 pm
Pirates this one is for the taking...
Anonymous
posted: 03:27 pm
I cant believe RDS refused to sign SARR,Pirates need play who are mentally and physically strong as Sarr in CAF competition. Stupid
Mavisto *''DOWNS\"*
posted: 03:27 pm
All the best mabhakajuju we are behind you.
Nombembe
posted: 03:29 pm
Only Pirates fans must comment on this blog, not onyayo abathetha for the sake of umlomo uvulekile. Up the bucs
Bucs Pundit
posted: 03:30 pm
My boys do well away nd they handle pressure well. Good luck boys bt I want RDS to be fired.
Aldair Applegates
posted: 03:31 pm
JUST HOPE EGYPTIANS WON'T DISAPPOINT ME LIKE THOSE DRC LADS,,,,,,PLEASE GUYS DI ME A FAVOUR WE AS SOUTH AFRICAN WE ARE SICK AND TIRED ABOUT AN OLD CLUB BRAGGING ABOUT AN OLD AND OUTFASHIONED STAR

K4L
CHIEFS RULE
AMAKHOSI REIGN
ALDAIR HEGEMONIC
LEKGWATHI STABBED LELO MBELE
SUNDOWNS FORGED TORRREALBA SIGNATURE
Bobsol
posted: 03:31 pm
RDS will fail Pirates finish and klaar. He doesn’t have any quality to coach a big team like Pirates. Sometimes i really don’t understand why we hired this dude. If Kickoff can one day compare the abilities of Chiefs and Pirates coaches, we will really realize that OP do not have a mentor and yet we are expecting the team to perform well. He is a typical average coach that one can rate below Given, Johnson and even below Swallows coach. If he is given a team like Ajax or P/Stars, they will be relegated. Look at the players he bought this season, clearly he don’t have a clue. I hate RDS!!
K Bhaka
posted: 03:32 pm
i like what caf did, i hope they get a stadium and we get to play.i just hope we win
Lindowsky
posted: 03:33 pm
GOODLUCK guys,....... just GO there & make us as South Africans PROUD!

BAFANA BAFANA is ALWAYS FAILING US, & we've LOST FAITH in them, &so now we're putting all OUR weight behind you to represent us well there in the CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

UP THE BUCS, #OnceAlways

Lindowsky
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 03:35 pm
Let's go to Egypt and conquer boys..!! Orlando Pirates is known for its resilience. WE will prevail in Egypt amidst turbulence..!

ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES..!!!
ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES..!!!
ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES..!!!
ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES..!!!
ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES..!!!
ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES ORLANDO PIRATES..!!!

Footbal was invented in Orlando by those who invented Orlando Pirates machine..!!!
Juda de damn killer
posted: 03:35 pm
Egyptian teams, my only hope left.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 03:38 pm
Ramadan or no Ramadan..!!

We go to Egypt, confront Al Ahly the best team in Africa and beat them in their own backyard..!! We are not cowards rona..!!
tmaganedisa
posted: 03:39 pm
We can play the Egyptians on an empty tank and i still dont see us coming back with a win for as long as RDS is there i dont see us doing any better
lisakhanya
posted: 03:39 pm
those Egyptians know Jali verry well and we will come up tops, please if your team is not involved in champions league don't comment, rather comment about the 4 to 1 goals you scored at Gauteng sport Cup
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 03:44 pm
Nothing will stand infront of Orlando pirates in achieving a second star..! Not Zamalek, not Al Ahly not Esperance nor certaily no referee..!!
Pirates ke boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosoooo..!!!
Sxokzin WaLeKhosi
posted: 03:45 pm
Lekgwathi just peeid his black pjs!
stics morewa
posted: 03:47 pm
Good luck boys n i know u can do it as much as we need a win a draw is also good,up the bucs
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 03:52 pm
Good luck my coach RDS and the team. The Galaxy of smart stars will make us proud.

Please, coach, play ACE,BIBO AND JALI in this game, let Klate and Myeni join Ntofo in attack.
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