Al Ahly confirm stance on CAFCL final

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Al Ahly have issued a lengthy statement confirming their stance on playing the CAF Champions League final in Morocco, a venue that they have vehemently protested against.

Last week, CAF announced that the CAFCL final would be hosted at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.

The decision was met with outrage by the Al Ahly camp , who complained that the location of the match would give an advantage to their opponents Wydad Casablanca, who will now play the final on home soil against the Egyptian Premier League side.

The Red Devils' complaints have since been rebuffed by CAF, with the club having since decided to escalate the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Al Ahly have released a comprehensive statement confirming their plan of action ahead of the final, which is set to take place on 30 May.

"Al Ahly SC asserts the strong and historic relations between the club and the Moroccan clubs and football fans in Morocco, who are not involved in the dispute between Al Ahly and CAF," the statement read, according to KingFut.

"The club is currently in dispute with CAF as their decision over the venue of the CAF Champions League final was unfair, and goes against all the FIFA regulations and the Olympic Charter. Also, the decision was announced at a late stage of the competition.

"The club will play the CAF Champions League final no matter where the game is held, guided by the club's values and traditions. We did not receive any statements confirming the details of the game.

"Al Ahly adheres to its legitimate demands and will request specific regulations to ensure justice between the two competing teams in the final, which will be the headline of the biggest competition in Africa.

"The club decided to take the dispute to CAS and escalate the situation after all the negative matters in organising CAF competitions, which do not have specific regulations for a long time.

"The club demands CAS to determine the case before the date of the final. The club wants the game to be held in a neutral venue or to be postponed until determining the situation by CAS, to provide equal opportunities for the two competing teams.

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"Whatever the outcomes of the situation, the club will continue proceeding with its complaint to CAS as the club has a role to do for our beloved continent based on the continental and international value of the club that will participate in the final for the 15th time in history.

"The club is looking forward to having the support of the national and international organisations in correcting what has been happening and providing the best for football in Africa, regarding the competitions and football venues. Our beloved continent that has produced some of the finest talents in the world deserves the best on all levels."

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