CAF Interclubs EFA Turns Down The Request Of Al Ahly To Allow Fan Attendance When Hosting Esperance

Al Ahly will host Esperance of Tunis in the second leg of the African Champions League semi-final on Saturday. And the Egyptian giants have ealier requested their fan attendance in this game. But they will not enjoy the support of their passionate fans after their request was turned down, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chief said late on Tuesday.

The Red Devils were hoping to have a long-standing crowd ban at least partially lifted when they meet Esperance in the second leg of the African Champions League semi-final. But EFA’s interim head Ahmed Megahed said it would not be possible.

We informed Ahly that a security clearance was not granted. Security bodies responded to our request by saying the game would be played behind closed doors.” He said in a television interview, adding that the decision was down to coronavirus concerns.

Esperance were backed by some 5,000 supporters when they played Ahly in Rades in the first leg. The Cairo giants claimed a precious 1-0 victory to take a giant stride towards reaching the final for a second straight season.

Ahly were hoping to get the same privilege at Cairo’s Al-Salam Stadium. But they will now have to contend with empty stands yet again.

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