African club finals to change to one-match contests – Ahmad

first_imgThe first final of the Champions League, then called the African Cup of Champions Clubs, was staged as a single match in Ghana 54 years ago.But every subsequent final of the continent’s premier club competition has been played over two legs with the aggregate score determining the winners.However, the result of the latest final, between Esperance of Tunisia and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, has not been decided nearly seven weeks after the second leg was played.Wydad refused to continue playing in Tunisia when their equaliser, which would have levelled the overall scores, could not be referred to VAR because the system had malfunctioned.CAF presented the trophy and medals to Esperance only to order a replay at a neutral venue, a decision which has led both clubs to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Ahmad did not give reasons for the change in his tweet, but the decision is a huge gamble as it could result in the club season showpieces being watched by tiny crowds.When the CAF Super Cup, an annual one-off match between the Champions League and second-tier Confederation Cup winners, was introduced in 1993, neutral venues were used.But the crowds were so low that the format was ditched after just three editions in favour of the Champions League trophy-holders enjoying home advantage.The ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt has confirmed a decades-old trend of football followers in the continent backing only home sides.Egypt drew capacity 75,000 crowds to the Cairo International Stadium while many attractive matches not involving them were watched by less than 10,000 spectators.Malagasy Ahmad also tweeted that the number of qualifiers for the biennial Africa Women’s Cup of Nations will increase from eight to 12 for the 2020 tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad attends a press conference in Cairo a day before before the Africa Cup of Nations kicked off last month © AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHEDCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 17 – CAF club finals will be reduced from two legs to one match at a neutral venue from next season, African football boss Ahmad Ahmad announced Wednesday.“The Champions League and Confederation Cup finals will now be played as single matches,” the CAF president said on Twitter.last_img read more

Right2Water Donegal to hold major public meeting

first_imgRight2 Water Donegal is holding a public meeting in the Mount Errigal in Letterkenny at which Brendan Ogle will be a guest speaker. A spokesman for the group said that while many are under the impression that the water charges debacle has been put to bed, R2W warns people to be vigilant.Sinead Stewart said the burst mains that occurred in the Louth/Meath area has thrown new light on the Government’s true intentions in relation to our water. “They claim it will cost €13 billion euros to upgrade the antiquated Victorian water mains. Funnily enough that is the exact amount owed by the Apple Corporation to Ireland in back taxes but our Government doesn’t want this money despite an EU ruling that Apple should pay”.Charlie McDyer added the Government have been stating on our National radio station that meters are essential to detecting leaks.She said “It is very clear that they are hoping the water charges movement will die down and people will accept this as fact. Why else would TDs not address the water charges issue before their summer recess?“Instead they have kicked the can down the road until the Autumn. Let’s not forget Fianna Fail want a charge for ‘excessive use’. It is laughable that they are now so focussed on wastage (which they are using as an excuse to bring in outrageous bin charges as well), when you consider the obscene amount of money wasted in the setting up of Irish Water”. “Previous Governments allowed the water system to run into serious disrepair during the last 30 years”, continues Owen Curran. “Despite the annual take of €1.2 billion from car tax and VAT since 1997, the infrastructure was not maintained. Be under no illusion the fight for our water is far from over”.Brendan Ogle warned “To quote events in Louth and Meath this week, and the efforts by some to use this disgrace as a Trojan Horse to re-open the water charges issue, shows how crucial it is that those actually committed to the water movement keep focussed and unified”.The meeting will be held at 7.30 pm in the Mt. Errigal on Monday the 31st of July and all are welcome to attend.Right2Water Donegal to hold major public meeting was last modified: July 26th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRENDAN OGLEdonegalmeterswaterlast_img read more