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EST-WAC: CAF decides to replay the match

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided Wednesday, after an emergency meeting of its executive committee in Paris, to replay the match between the Casablanca WAC and the Esperance Tunis (EST) account for the final return of the African Champions League.

The match will be replayed after the African Cup of Nations (AfCON) on land outside Tunisia, the CAF president advisor Hédi Hamel told the press, stating that the EST will have to return the trophy and the medals which were handed to him. Disputed last Friday at the Olympic Stadium Rades (suburbs of Tunis), this final was a chaotic end following the injustice of which the referee of the meeting, the Gambian Bakary Gassama, was guilty in refusing to grant the Wider equalizer goal scored by Walid Karti in the 59th minute for a supposed offside without the possibility of resorting to the defective VAR to confirm its perfect regularity. The WAC, which conceded the draw in the first leg (1-1) played in Rabat, was then led to the score (1-0) following a goal scored in the 41st minute by Youssef Belaili.

After a long interruption, the interlocutory judged that the EST could be proclaimed winner. The emergency meeting of the CAF Executive Committee, for which a Moroccan delegation made up of officials of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the Casablanca team moved to the French capital, opened on Tuesday morning before being postponed for the first time, for the evening and then for Wednesday afternoon.

This emergency meeting was convened by CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, “to discuss the regulatory issues to be reserved for this meeting,” the African sports authority said in a brief statement released on Friday night. Conducted by the President of the FRMF, Mr. Faouzi Lekjaa, the Moroccan delegation present in Paris is composed of Mr. Said Naciri, President of the Wydad Casablanca Executive Board, Hamza El Hajoui, Vice President of the Federation, Tarek Najm, his Secretary General, and Mohamed Makrouf, Advisor to Mr. Lekjaa and Communications Officer at the Federation.

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