CAF dismiss Bucs’ security fears

Orlando Pirates

The South African Football Association submitted a letter to CAF yesterday to voice concerns over the volatile political situation in the north African country, where mass protests have left many citizens dead.

However, CAF insist that all the necessary precautions have been made and that the match will go ahead on Sunday.

“We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 29 July 2013 regarding your request to move the match of the Orange CAF Champions League (El Ahly v Orlando Pirates) to a neutral venue,” CAF’s reply read.

“Kindly note that while the political situation is still volatile, CAF can confirm that the organisation of football matches does not pose any threat to the security of officials nor any other party involved in such matches. We received the required guarantees from the authorities to ensure that the match will be secured properly.”

CAF also confirm that the match will be played behind closed doors given previous sanctions against Al-Ahly.

“This would make sure both teams are far away from any potential trouble.”