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Al Ahly writes to CAF after ‘arbitration errors’ including Sundowns match

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Al Ahly SC have called on the CAF to intervene in officiating as they claim they have been victims of poor officiating in their last three matches in the continental competitions.

The Egyptian side released a statement to address CAF over officiating errors that they feel occurred in the Super Cup against USM Alger and in the African Football League matches against Simba SC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC.

The Egyptian side believes the recent “arbitration error” may have resulted in their defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns FC.

The Red Devils could not achieve the desired results when they faced Bafana Ba Style in the AFL semi-final first leg. On Sunday afternoon, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to the hosts at the Loftus Versfeld.

However, the Egyptian side felt they were subjected to unfavourable officiating. This follows after their penalty appeal on Percy Tau towards the end of the match was rejected.

Ahly coach Koller

Ahly head coach Marcel Koller believed his team had the potential to secure a favourable outcome but attributed the blame to the match officials, pointing to their inability to utilise VAR.

On Monday evening, Al Ahly issued a statement addressing CAF to stop arbitration errors.

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“This morning, the club sent a letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Regarding the repeated arbitration errors against the Al-Ahly team, especially in the last three African matches. Both in the Super Cup match with USMA of Algeria, which took place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 9/15/2023, and Al-Ahly’s first match in the African League against Simba of Tanzania were held In Dar es Salaam on 10/20/2023. Finally, the first leg in the semi-final in the same tournament against Sundowns of South Africa, which was held in Pretoria yesterday [Sunday],” said the club’s statement.

 “All of these matches witnessed refereeing errors that significantly impacted its results, reflecting a negative image of African football. In its letter, the club asked CAF to take urgent steps to restore matters To its natural quorum, and that the rulers are keen to achieve the principle fairness between competing teams to ensure the success of African competitions”.

Al Ahly SC is will host Mamelodi Sundowns in the second leg of the AFL on Wednesday at Cairo International Stadium at 20:00.

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