CAF Overturns Controversial ‘Final’ Victory Of Esperance

CAF Champions League final set to be replayed.

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

African football governing body [CAF] has reached a decision to replay the controversial second leg final between Wyad Casablanca and Esperance

Esperance will be expected to return their medals and the trophy as soon as possible.

After the first leg ended 1-1 at Tunis, the controversial second leg was played five days ago at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Morroco, where Esperance of Tunisia were crowned CAF champions league winners after their opponents, Wyad Casablanca, left the pitch in protest of VAR not being used to verify their goal that was ruled out.

Esperance was already in the lead, 1-0, when Walid El Karti scored what should have been the equalizer for Wyad Casablanca of Morocco in the 58th minute but the referee, Bakari Gassama, ruled it out for offside.

When the Wyad players appealed to the Gambian referee to review the goal he ruled out with Video Assistant Referee [VAR], he refused and that made the Wyad players walk off the pitch.

The play was halted for over an hour, the Gambian referee was left with no choice but to declare Esperance the champions due to Wyad's refusal to continue the match.

The tournament organizers have come under heavy criticisms as the even was tagged as 'disgraceful' and 'shameful' to African football.

Fresh reports suggest the reason why the VAR was not used was due to "technical Problems" with the system.

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