CAF confirm Champions League finals decision

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CAF president Patrice Motsepe has announced a big change regarding the CAF Champions League final.

The 2021/22 CAFCL final in Morocco was the subject of immense criticism due to the venue it was hosted in.

The match was staged at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco, but that decision was considered unfair by finalists Al Ahly.

The Egyptian contingent, including the country's football federation, deemed this to be an advantage to eventual winners Wydad Casablanca, who also happen to play their home matches at the stadium in question. 

Motsepe has now insisted that, as CAF chief, he prioritises fairness and equality in the competition, and confirmed that the final of Africa's most-prized club showpiece will return to a two-legged format.

"The concern from Al Ahly that they were being disadvantaged [by playing Wydad in Morocco] is a legitimate and fair concern," Motsepe said at the SA National Editors Forum in Johannesburg, according to Sowetan Live.

"The only problem I had was that I could not be a president that disregards and ignores rules and regulations and decisions that were taken.

"I'm more alive now than ever before to ensure that all countries are equal, and clubs are treated equally.

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"I can fully understand the unhappiness [over Morocco hosting the 2021/22 CAF Champions League final] of Al Ahly president [Mahmoud Kathib] and we'll make sure that we treat everybody equally."

"We're going to fix that. This will never happen again. It's something I inherited and I could not change. The decision was taken before me.

"We’ll have a two-legged final because, again, can you imagine the supporters of Al Ahly in Egypt and, of course, my favourite coach, Pitso [Mosimane], and former Ahly coach?"

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