CAF Champions League Semi-final, Final Postponed

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For the second time in two weeks, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the final and the semi-final second leg of the African Champions League between Egypt’s Zamalek and Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

Raja’s trip to Cairo for Sunday’s contest against Zamalek was in doubt after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club in the run-up to the fixture.

CAF had already postponed the match from last weekend after eight Raja players tested positive for coronavirus, but the number rose to 14 following another round of testing.

Raja were set to carry out more tests on Thursday and were scheduled to leave for Egypt on Friday.

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The final itself, which was set to take place in Egypt on Friday 6 November, has now also been moved after Egyptian authorities separately expressed concerns about the timing of both the semi-final and final because of parliamentary elections in Egypt.

CAF says no new dates have yet been decided for either of the games, with “official discussions” underway between stakeholders.

The Moroccan champions lost 1-0 to Zamalek in the first leg in Casablanca earlier this month and are battling to meet another Egyptian side, Al Ahly, in the final.

Fulfilling the 2019-2020 Champions League season has proven extremely challenging for Caf because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The final was originally scheduled to be played in May, before being moved back to October and then to November.

Caf will be hoping that the fourth rescheduling will be the last.

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