CAIRO – The finals of Africa’s two international club competitions will each be played in one single match in future rather than over two legs as at present, the president of the region’s governing soccer body said on Wednesday.
Ahmad Ahmad, head of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), said both the Caf Champions League final and the Caf Confederations Cup finals would consist of a single match, following the European model.
“Huge decision that CAF took today: the (finals) will be now played on a single game,” he said on Twitter, without giving further details.
Caf vice-president Amaju Pinnick said the details were still being ironed out. “We are working on that,” he told reporters.
However, supporters quickly pointed out on social media that conditions in Africa, with vast distances, poor transport infrastructure and a lack of budget airlines, are very different from Europe, and the matches risked being played in empty stadiums.