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Cameroon turns down CAF’s offer to host Champions League final and Semi-finals

By Beng Emmanuel

Cameroon has declined to host the final and semi-finals of the CAF Champions League,  which had been postponed from May 2020 to September amid threats from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Authorities of the Central African Nation told the African Football regulator body they are more concerned to combat the spread of the pandemic which has recently been on the rise in the country. 

Cameroon has recorded over 14,000 coronavirus confirmed cases with 359 deaths as of now. 

Ginainforms has learnt from BeIN Sports that Cameroon will not host the CAF Champions League semifinals and final  due to the unfavourably climatic conditions during the month in which the competition will be staged, September being the rainy season peak. 

Abu Dhabi or Dubai could be the next stop for Africa’s elite inter-club competition.

The Japoma Stadium in Douala had been selected  as the venue for both single leg encounters after the country was selected by CAF to host the competition’s remaining games when it resumes in September. 

According to Morroccan website Le360, CAF has decided to hold the CAF Champions League semi-finals and finals in the UAE to take advantage of the new sponsorship contract that will be signed. 

Zamalek SC will face Raja Club Athletic of Morocco while Al Ahly SC are against Wydad AC for the title.

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