Aboutrika Urges Al Ahly To Withdraw From CAFCL Final

Al Ahly legend Mohamed Aboutrika has urged the club to withdraw from the CAF Champions League final against Wydad Atheltic Club.

Ahly booked their place in the final for a record-extending 14th time in their illustrious history with a 6-2 aggregate win over ES Setif on Saturday evening.

They are scheduled to face Wydad on Monday, 30, May in Casablanca – a decision that has sparked outrage within the club and across the continent due to the same venue hosting the final last season.

The Red Devils beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 at the Stade Mohamed V but this time around the controversy stems around the timing of the decision, which was after the 1st leg semi-final fixtures with Wydad already one foot in the final over Petro de Luanda and the inexplicable withdrawal from the Senegal bid to host the event.

Aboutrika feels they should take a firm decision against what he describes as an ‘injustice’ and called for the board of directors to make the drastic steps in protest against CAF.

“Congratulations to Al-Ahly Club for reaching the final and hard luck for ES Setif. Sometimes withdrawal and not being present is a championship in itself,” he wrote on social media.

“I wish the Al-Ahly club’s board of directors to withdraw from the tournament in order to preserve its position and prestige against the injustice of CAF. I am sorry for my opinion in public, but I did not find another way. to our beloved club.”

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