Egypt was given the thumbs up as the host country for the 2020 CAF Champions League final in the event that a team from either Egypt or Morocco played their way to the final. The draw took place at 11:30 local time to decide on the final stadium between Morocco and Egypt. Samson Adamu, the competitions director from CAF was the man who first pulled Egypt from the bowl. Now that Egypt has been awarded the final, which will take place on November 6, months of speculation over which African club would stage the final is over.
Egypt is a country capable of attracting football fans from all over the world. It’s already known for its ability to appeal to tourists who are captivated by its mythology and archaeological feats. Its images have been depicted in games such as Book of Ra, where exciting slot players go in search of scarab beetles and pharaohs. The high Book of Ra RTP makes for a nice profit incentive too. Of course, Egyptian tombs and the like have also featured in the movies, including several versions of the Mummy, and who can forget the classic Bangles song, ‘Walk Like AN Egyptian’. Now the country is about to host the biggest football match of its continent.
Douala the original choice
Douala was the original choice for both the single-match semi-finals and the final itself. However, the port city from Cameroon withdrew as a result of the pandemic. The penultimate stage was then reverted to two legs.
The CAF Champions League final will be one of a series of major African football events hosted by Egypt in a short window after they also hosted the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations and Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. More recently, however, all African sporting activities were given a more than six-months suspension as a result of the pandemic, including the CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League.
How the two teams play a role in deciding where the final will be held
It was earlier decided that in the event of two teams from Morocco qualifying for the final, it would be held in Morocco. Similarly, the decision was made for Egypt to play host in the event of both Egyptian teams playing in the final.
The one scenario that had yet to be decided was what would happen should there be another Moroccan Egyptian face-off in the final. That’s what led to CAF conducting the draw that saw Egypt being named as host of the event. Morocco and Egypt were the only two countries to request to host the game, which is why they were the only two candidates in the draw.
The two legs between Aly and Wydad de Casablanca and Zamalek and Raja de Casablanca were originally scheduled to take place on October 17-18 and October 23-24 respectively. However, the second leg between Zamalek and Raja was postponed and won by the Zamalek 4-1 on aggregate after a 3-1 victory in the home leg.
Ah Ahly secured a return to the CAF Champions League final after a 3-1 win over Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their semi-final clash. They’ve won the championship on eight previous occasions and showed they were hungry to secure a ninth after taking an early lead they never looked like relinquishing. They sealed an aggregate 5-1 victory at Cairo International Stadium. Ah Ahly failed to win on their previous two appearances in the final and so will want to win this next final by overcoming domestic rivals Zamalek.