Saturday 5 June 2021
Press reports revealed that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) threatened Tunisias Esperance before facing Al-Ahly in the 2020/2021 African Champions League.
According to the Tunisian newspaper, “Al-Shorouk”, CAF threatened Esperance in an official speech, and the threat was regarding the mass attendance, in light of the matches being held without an audience in attendance.
The newspaper added that Esperance did not respect this protocol in the last round match against Algerias youth Belouizdad in the quarter-finals.
Esperance is scheduled to host Al-Ahly club on June 19 at Rades Stadium in Tunisia in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, with the return match to be held in Egypt on the 26th of the same month.
It is noteworthy that Al-Ahly qualified for the semi-finals after defeating the South African champions Sundowns 3-1 in the aggregate of the first leg and return matches, while Esperance qualified after beating Algerias Chabab Belouizdad on penalties after each team won 2-0 at their home.