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Morocco to host CAF Champions League final despite Ahly plea

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – The 2022 CAF Champions League final will be hosted by Morocco on May 30, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed yesterday.

“CAF received bids from Senegal and Morocco and, after the subsequent withdrawal of the Senegalese bid, Morocco has been awarded the hosting rights,” the spokesman said.

CAF did not say where in Morocco the highlight of the African club season would be played, with Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangiers possible venues.

The decision to stage a second successive Champions League final in Morocco will upset title-holders Al Ahly from Egypt, who are likely to play Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca in the final.

In the semi-finals first legs last weekend, Wydad beat Petro Luanda 3-1 in Angola while Ahly triumphed 4-0 at home to Entente Setif from Algeria.

The return matches are scheduled for Casablanca and Algiers this Friday and Saturday.

Hopeful of reaching the final as they chase a record third consecutive title, 10-time African champions Ahly appealed to CAF president Patrice Motsepe last weekend for a neutral venue.