The finals of the African champions league pitting Egyptian side Al Ahly to Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa is scheduled to be played at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca Morocco on July 17th, 2021 at 8 pm.
This fixture is less probable as in-house information states that the Moroccan health authorities are reticent in organizing a football game that will pull a great crowd in the midst of covid19. The “new” confederations of African Football wants to make the finals a big event and is unlikely to accept the game be played behind closed doors.
More so, South Africa is on the blacklist of countries banned from traveling to Morocco due to the magnitude of its covid19 cases.
Why The Choice Of Cameroon By CAF
Cameroon stands as one of the African countries that have succeeded in curbing out the spread of Covid19.
- This permitted the country to organize a hitch-free CHAN competition with fans in the stadiums
- FIBA trusted Cameroon to host the Men Afrobasket qualifiers in February 2021 and it was successfully organized and as the environment was protected against Covid19 with barer measures respected during the tournament that ensure health and safety of all participants
- Cameroon was entrusted by the African Handball Confederation (CAHB) Executive Committee to organize the Women African Championship in June 2021 despite Covid19 and the tournament was a success with the approval of fans during the games. All barer measure to curb the virus was respected without a single case recorded
Cameron being the host of the upcoming AFCON, the choice of the Douala Reunification Stadium (38,000 man capacity)to anchor the finals of the CAF champions league is ideal to lift the competition’s image that had been dragged into the mud in recent time.
With The “new” confederations of African Football actors aiming to make the finals a big event with fans present, it will be left for the Cameroon football federation and the Ministry of sports and physical education to accept the offer if Morocco, fails to accept the conditions imposed by CAF
It’s should be noted Cameroon pulls out of the last edition due to the Covid19 impact. At that time, Cameroon has recorded 14,916 cases with 11,525 recoveries and 359 deaths.
Will this be another opportunity for Cameroon to stage the CAF Champions League Final?
REUNIFICATION STADIUM FACT SHEET
Full name: Complexe Omnisports de la Réunification de Bepanda
Nickname:La cuvette de Bépanda
Location: Bepanda neighborhood, Douala
Construction date: 1971 (Renovated in 2018)