The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected the request of Al Ahly to alter the AFCON date following its clash with the FIFA Club World Cup.
Al Ahly, who are the current African Champions have written to CAF to move up the January 9 date set for the continental premier football tournament given that a sizeable number of Al Ahly’s players will also be playing in the Egyptian squad at the AFCON.
There are players of other national teams that will also be affected. They are: Ali Maaloul (Tunisia), Aliou Dieng (Mali) and Badr Benoun (Morocco).
Al Ahly are set to participate in the 2021 Club World Cup, their second under Pitso Mosimane, from 3 February 2022 to the 12th, in the United Arab Emirates.
This implies that should Egypt, Mali and Morocco make it to the knockout stages of AFCON, Al Ahly will have to compete in the Club World Cup without these key players.
The African champions have, therefore, demanded the Egyptian FA to play the role in helping them resolve this issue.
Al Ahly revealed in their statement that they sent a letter to the EFA in which they emphasized on the role they played in always helping the national team throughout history.
They also claimed that they need full support of Egypt’s football governing body as they will not only be representing Egypt but also the whole African continent.
According to Egyptian publication Ahram, CAF has rejected the appeal and announced that no change has been made to the the kick-off date for the Africa Cup of Nations which is January 9, 2022.
Egypt will feature in Group D along with Nigeria, Sudan and Guinea Bissau.