Al-Ahly match against Orlando Pirates to go ahead
Posted: 30 July 2013 Time: 15:18
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.