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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:24 pm 
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Kudos to Zamalek for rejecting this, even if their reasons arepolitically motivated.

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Egyptian club Zamalek confirms it will not travel to Qatar to play Champions League holders Esperance of Tunisia in February's African Super Cup.

The annual match brings together the winners of the African Champions League and the Confederation Cup.

Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has re-iterated his club's stance on travelling to play in Qatar.

"We are two African teams, why should we play in Asia?" he questioned at a press conference on Tuesday.

"I don't understand why Caf (Confederation of African Football) wants to play the Super Cup in a country who is an enemy to Egypt.

"Zamalek board members discussed the issue and decided not to play in Qatar. I am disappointed that Esperance have agreed to play there."

Egypt was one of the Gulf states that severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of destabilising the region.

Mortada added that the club would change its stance if ordered to do so by the Egyptian government.

"At the end of the day it is up to the Egyptian authorities if they want to reverse the decision and if they have another opinion we will respect that," he added.

Last year Caf decided that the Super Cup would be played in Qatar until 2021, rather than the tradition of the Champions League winners hosting the match.

Morocco's Raja Casablanca, the Confederation Cup holders, beat Esperance in last year's match in Qatar.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:49 am 
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Why not host it on neutral African ground?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:13 am 
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Last year Caf decided that the Super Cup would be played in Qatar until 2021, rather than the tradition of the Champions League winners hosting the match.

Morocco's Raja Casablanca, the Confederation Cup holders, beat Esperance in last year's match in Qatar.

This is not new. It already happened last year.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:24 am 
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This is shameful. This can easily be organized on African soil. CAF is just being lazy.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:34 pm 
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just like la Liga plan some games in the US??

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:44 pm 
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...a very bad idea. But again CAF is inept all around.
I bet they moved to the gulf state for economic reasons, money from sponsors, and promoting Qatari up coming fifa world cup hosting.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:34 am 
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By the way, the French Cup (?) was played a few years ago in Libreville, Gabon. IMHO, this is an emerging trend based on two pressure points -- attracting more global fans and for economic reasons. If CAF is doing this for economic reasons, I have no problems with it at all.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:29 am 
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Those of you living under a rock or in a cave totally isolated from civilization, we are in the era of globalization. NFL plays a chunk of it’s regular season games in London. French Cup in Africa. La Liga planning to play games in USA (brilliant idea by the way) which if that works well, trust EPL to follow suit.

Nothing wrong with CAF super cup in Qatar or a neutral ground outside Africa.


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