The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said Egyptian giants Zamalek and Kiyovu Sport of Rwanda have rejected requests by Young Africans (Yanga) and Simba to have their continental tournaments second leg ties to be pushed back for one week.
Yanga will meet Zamalek in the CAF Champions League while Simba will face Kiyovu in the Confederation Cup.
The Vodacom Premier League champions will host the Egyptians in the first leg at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on February 18 while Simba will play away in Rwanda on the same date.
The two local giants, through Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), wrote the two clubs and CAF asking for the one week push back so that national team players could have enough time to prepare for their coming AFCON 2013 preliminary round game against Mozambique and clubs’ continental tournaments.
The qualifying round match against Mozambique will be held on February 29 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
CAF initially indicated that the Zamalek-Yanga and Simba-Kiyovu second leg ties will be played in the weekend of March 2, 3 or 4.
A media release signed by TFF information officer Boniface Wambura said the continental soccer’s governing body was ready to accept the request by the two local clubs only if Egypt Football Association (EFA) and the Rwandan Football Federation (FEWAFA) had accepted.
But TFF said CAF have informed them that the Zamalek and Kiyovu have rejected the requests by the local giants.