Tue. Oct 27th, 2020

Sundowns cry foul over Al Ahly “shenanigans” after fixture is moved

General View of Stadium Sundowns Fans during the 2018/19 CAF Champions League football match between Sundowns and Al Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 06 April 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePixMamelodi Sundowns have written to Safa after Caf approved an “unlawful” venue change for the second leg of their Caf Champions League encounter against Al Ahly.

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Mamelodi Sundowns are not too happy after Egyptian giants, Al Ahly decided to move the second leg of their Caf Champions League quarterfinal tie from Suez to Alexandria in the last minute, SowetanLive reports.

The Brazilians arrived in Cairo on Tuesday morning, and are set to make a 244km trek to the El Arab Stadium, where they will look to defend their five-goal advantage, having thumped their opponents 5-0 in the first leg in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

While the players may be a little relaxed, things are a little tense on the administrative side, following the last-minute change of venue, which Sundowns’ acting general manager Yogesh Singh expressed unhappiness over.

“We only found out on Sunday that it was moved from Suez to Alexandria. According to the rules, this is not allowed,” he is quoted by SowetanLive.

“This is what we go through in this competition and Caf allows that somehow, even though it’s not according to the rules.

“I wrote to Caf yesterday demanding an explanation, and we want them to be liable for our costs. You can imagine we have already made hotel bookings and we have written to Saga as well to let them know about these shenanigans.”

Yogesh Singh

The new venue is just outside the perimeter set out by Caf rules, as it’s stipulated that any stadium used for a champions league fixture should be within 200km from the nearest airport.

It’s also stated in the laws that a venue has to be named ten days before a match, but was only confirmed three days before the first leg encounter.

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