Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Africa especially in North Africa, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revised its decision of allowing fans to watch the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League final at the Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.
The final between arch-rivals Al Ahly SC Zamalek SC is set for November 27, with the former chasing a sixth continental title while the latter is out for a record ninth continental title.
It should be noted that CAF had initially agreed to allow between 5000 or 10000 spectators into the famous Cairo International Stadium but that decision has now been revised.
The development was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement addressed by the African football governing body in conjunction with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).
“CAF and EFA expressed their great interest in the Total CAF Champions League final between Zamalek SC and Al Ahly SC at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday.”
“But following the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAF and EFA confirmed in a joint statement that their utmost priority is the safety of Egyptian and African Football families.”
“Therefore, it was decided to hold the game behind closed doors,” the statement read.
Zamalek and Al Ahly will be facing each other for the first in the history of the continent’s premier inter-club showpiece and given their local rivalry the fans will be a huge miss.