The Al-Ahly and Al-Hilal match will be held on Friday at Al-Jawhara Al-Zarqa Stadium in Omdurman, as part of the second round of the group stage competitions in the African Champions League, without a public presence.
The Confederation of African Football had responded to a request from the Egyptian Football Association, to hold the match without an audience, due to the recent security tension in the capital, Khartoum.
Al Hilal club announced that it is awaiting the decision of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport “CAS” after it had submitted an urgent complaint against the Confederation of African Football “K” following the latter’s sudden decision to hold the match without an audience and deprive the Sudanese club of its fans after it had agreed to Al Hilal to allow entry 15,000 fans.
For its part, the Sudanese newspaper “Al-Riyaa Al-Oula” reported that there are moves at the level of the presidential palace and the Sudanese security authorities to make contacts with “Kef” to contain the dilemma of the public attending the match.
For his part, the Egyptian Football Association thanked the African Confederation “CAF” for its response to the request of the Egyptian Federation to protect the Al-Ahly club by holding its scheduled match against Al-Hilal of Sudan within the African Champions League without an audience.
The Egyptian Federation moved to distance the Sudanese fans, and the “Kef” response to its demands provoked the Sudanese fans and the Sudanese media a lot, while the Sudanese Crescent launched a violent attack on the Egyptian Al-Ahly and the officials of the Confederation of African Football.
And Al Hilal club published on its official website Thursday: “In the 1987 African Champions League final, the Moroccan referee, Larash, was unfair, and he canceled a valid goal for Al Hilal Club, for the sake of Al-Ahly of Egypt.”
He added: “In 2007, at the beginning of the group stage, Al-Hilal was subjected to injustice in Cairo for Al-Ahly’s account.”
He explained: “Today, CAF retreated from the mass attendance in the match, after it had previously agreed to the presence of 15,000 fans, and all of this came for the sake of Al-Ahly Club. We are tired of Al-Ahly being the spoiled son of CAF.”
The decision of the African Confederation to hold the match without an audience caused outrage among the Sudanese fans, and Al Hilal Club in particular, by depriving its fans of being in the stands to support his team in this important confrontation.
As for the official Al-Hilal fan page, it addressed the players on its Facebook account: “A message to the players of Al-Hilal, today you are not facing Al-Ahly of Egypt alone, but you are facing the corruption of the CAF system, and you are paying the price for the presence of the African Union headquarters in Egypt, certainly you may also face immorality. An expected referee.