Shatta: CAF may have to cancel the Champions League this season due to the Raja and Zamalek match


Abdel Moneim Shata, a member of the CAF technical committee, confirmed that it would be possible to cancel the current version of the CAF Champions League competition, if the meeting between Zamalek and Moroccan Raja was agreed to be postponed.

Shatta explained that it would be difficult to agree to a request to postpone that match, despite the fact that 8 players from the Raja team were infected with the new Corona virus, which means they will be absent from the upcoming confrontation.

Zamalek had defeated Raja with a clean goal in the match that was held last Sunday at the Mohamed V complex in the first leg of the African Champions League semi-finals, while the return match will be held next Saturday at Cairo Stadium.

Shatta said in statements on Al-Nahar TV: “As far as I know, there is no list regarding the number of Coronavirus infections in one team, but CAF allowed 30 players to be registered in the list for such emergency conditions.”

He added: “Infection of 8 players with the Corona virus means that 22 players remain in the team, and this means that there are enough players to participate in the match, so why were you allowed to restrict 30 players from the ground up?”

And the former coach of CAF continued: “If CAF postponed the match, what would make him guarantee that no Coronavirus infections would occur in another team? Then he would have to postpone again.”

Shata continued, through the dress-up program: “I am sure that the competition committee will recommend that the meeting be held on time, because if the postponement is postponed, other circumstances may occur that make you postpone the competition again, and in the end you will be forced to cancel.”

Shatta completed his remarks, saying: “Injuring 8 players is better than injuring 20 or 14 players, and what I know is that there is an emergency committee in CAF that meets permanently with a medical committee, and I am sure that CAF will not postpone that match.”


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