By A Correspondent- Confederations Of African Football (CAF) has barred journalists from covering the Total Caf Champions League and the Confederation Cup slated for Morocco next week, the Chronicle reports. Only team press members will be allowed to attand the matches, Chronicle reports.
This was contained in a statement published by CAF which states the ban is a COVID-19 containment measure:
After consultations with local health authorities and in accordance with social distancing protocols, it has been decided that media attendance will only be limited two persons from each of the participating teams consisting of club press officer and photographer. Regrettably, no accreditation request from media outlets other than mentioned above will be considered.
Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to stream the pre-match and post-match press conferences on specified Caf Digital platforms for media representatives to follow the activities before, during and after the games. Regarding attendance for the second-leg matches of the Total Caf Champions League in Egypt, media will be informed in due course after consultation with the relevant authorities.
According to the publication, these are the fixtures of the matches that were supposed to be played:
- The first semi-final will feature Wydad (Morocco) against Al Ahly at Mohammed V Complex in Casablanca on October 17.
- The following day Raja Cassablanca (Morocco) will squars off against Zamalek of Egypt at the same venue .
- The Confederation Cup matches will see Moroccan sides RS Berkane and Ms HUSA locking horns at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on October 19
- Egypt’s Pyramids and Horoya of Guinea wind up the semis at the Mohammed V Complex in Casablanca the following day.
- The final will be held in Egypt on October 25