The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Wednesday that the African Champions League semifinals will be played in the original two-leg format instead of the one-leg format that had previously been approved by the CAF, while the Confederation Cup will be held in the one-leg format.
The CAF Champions League semifinals include two teams from Egypt and two teams from Morocco, as Ahly faces Wydad Casablanca while Zamalek will play against Rajaa Casablanca.
The CAF decided that the first leg matches will be played in Morocco on 25 and 26 September, and the second leg matches will be hosted by Cairo on 2 and 3 October.
The final match of the continental club tournament will take place on 16 or 17 October, but under certain conditions determined by the CAF.
If Ahly and Zamalek win their semifinal games, the final will be held in Cairo, and if Wydad and Rajaa defeat the Cairo giants, then the final will be held in Morocco. If the final includes a team from each country, the game will be hosted by a neutral venue.
The CAF announced that they will start receiving bids from the countries who want to host the African Champions League final starting Wednesday until 7 August.
Meanwhile, the Confederation Cup will be hosted by Morocco after the CAF announced that the semifinals will be held on 22 September, while the final will take place at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on 27 September.
The CAF has decided that the semifinals will be played in the one-leg format as Egypt’s Pyramids FC will face Guinea’s Horoya at Mohamed V Stadium, while the two Moroccan sides Nahdat Berkane and Hassania Agadir will meet each other at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
All continental sports activities have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, which were originally scheduled to be played on 1 May.