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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

CAF picks Moroccans for Yanga-Zamalek tie

28th February 2012
Young Africans

Moroccan referee Jihed Redouane has been picked up by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, to officiate the Champions League return leg tie between Young Africans and Zamalek to be played in Cairo on Saturday.

Two other Moroccans Rouani Bouazza and Bekkali Mimoun are linesmen for the match while Egyptian Gihed Greisha is a reserve referee.

Ben Khadiga from Tunisia is the match commissioner. The return leg match kicks off at 18.00 hours (Egyptian time) on Saturday at the Army Stadium in Cairo.

The match will be played without spectators as each team has been restricted to have a contingent of 40, including players and officials.

The restrictions are based on the grounds, among others, of Zamalek’s punishment resulting from a crowd trouble during one of the CAF matches against visiting Club Africaine of Tunisia the previous season.

Besides the punishment, the riots that led to the death of over 74 people when Al Ahly played Al-Masry in Port Said last month has also added salt to the wound.

Yanga and Zamalek ended their first leg match in Dar es Salaam the weekend before the last with a score line of 1-1.

The result has given hosts Zamalek a virtually pole position to advance into the next stage of the championship should they manage a barren draw.

Visiting Yanga need an outright victory or a draw of more than one goal to have an opportunity to sail through this stage of the competition.

The Tanzanian soccer champions are expected to board a flight to Cairo on Thursday bearing in mind the limitation of the 40 people.

Yanga have never tasted a victory in any part of the Arab soil during CAF leagues.

Yanga’s line-up for the Cairo duel is expected to be unveiled by tomorrow at the end of the African Nations Cup qualifier tie between Tanzania and Mozambique at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

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