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CAF Responds To Al Ahly Request

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has responded to Al Ahly's request for the final of the CAF Champions League to be held in a neutral venue after it was announced it would be hosted in Morocco.

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On Monday, African football's governing body said the final of the competition would be held in Morocco, a decision that has not gone down well with the reigning champions.

Al Ahly manager Pitso Mosimane appeared to be furious about the announcement, with his side and Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca favourites to reach the final following their impressive first-leg semi-final wins over ES Setif and Petro de Luanda, respectively.

CAF's head of operations and media Lux September, meanwhile, has insisted that only Morocco had applied to hold the spectacle in their country.  

"Back in January, we spoke to all African countries, only Morocco and Senegal requested to host the final," he told Al-Hayah TV channel.

"Senegal then withdrew, leaving only Morocco as potential hosts, so the decision was simple.

"Every country could have applied, but they didn’t. The date we choose the final venue was announced months ago.

"Al Ahly is a big club, but the decision is already made and everybody has to respect it. We are all professionals after all."

Here are some pictures from Al Ahly's win over Setif last week: 

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