Why CAF Ordered Replay Of Champions League 2nd Leg

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

It's no news that a replay of the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League final between Esperance of Tunisia and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco has been ordered by the continent's governing body.

This is after Esperance were crowned champions last week after Wydad had refused to continue the game at around the hour mark when Walid El Karti's headed goal was disallowed controversially.

Both Wydad's players and the technical team refused to continue, as they requested for a VAR review which the referee said was impossible due to a malfunction in the system.

The CAF Executive Committee called for an emergency meeting on June 5th, 2019, in Paris, and unanimously voted that the return leg would be replayed at another ground outside Tunisian territory.

According to the committee, "the conditions of game and safety were not met during the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League final held on May 31, 2019, preventing the match from coming to an end."

To that end, Espérance de Tunis will have to render to the CAF Secretariat trophy and medals awarded on May 31, 2019, upon official notification of this decision.

The date and venue of this third meeting between both sides will be determined later by the CAF Executive Committee.

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