In a press conference held on Saturday, Mahmoud Al-Khatib, president of Al-Ahly club, competing in the Egyptian Premier League, called on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to return to the final of the African Champions League through two matches, one home and the other, instead of one match, and attacked the Football Association in his country, stressing It caused the loss of Egypt and Al-Ahly’s right during the African final crisis, he said.
Al-Khatib added that: In the event that CAF continues to hold the final match from one match, it must draw up a fair list, and the place of the match will be determined before the start of the tournament.
Al-Khatib also called for Kef: to rotate the holding of the final match on the entire continent and not to hold it in one country except every five years.
And the former Egyptian national team star added that video technology should be applied to all tournament roles, not just the final rounds.
Al-Khatib also demanded: to double the amounts of money for the teams participating in the tournament, because what the winner of the title receives is not commensurate with the financial costs incurred by the teams during the tournament.
He continued: Very frankly, what happened in the final is completely unfair. Whoever neglected the organization’s speech in the Egyptian Football Association, or whoever deleted the clause regarding the final match of the Champions League, this person or official lost Egypt’s right before he lost Al-Ahly’s right.
Al-Ahly lost 2-0 in Casablanca against Moroccan Wydad in the final of the first African Club Championship this season on May 30th.
CAF rejected the request of the Egyptian team, the record holder in the number of times crowning the Champions League, to move the final match to another neutral stadium or postpone it because Morocco also hosted the final of last year’s edition, which the Egyptian side considered unfair.