EFA’s committee of competitions advises clubs to avoid African competitions
The Egyptian Football Association’s committee of competitions have advised Egyptian clubs on Thursday to not enter African competitions in CAF’s new edition.
The committee of competitions head Amer Hussein objects CAF’s schedules of the competitions because of its early matches as last seasons May matches interrupted the national team’s World Cup preparations.
“We want the league to start in August and end in May but I was surprised by a letter from CAF of scheduling the African games in the transition period. Instead of the usual start in February and March, African competitions will start in November after the conclusion of the current edition.”
“CAF takes ten months to adapt their calendar but they decided that the two competitions the two competitions will be held in only six months, which means 18 matches for every participating team starting from November and until May.”
“It is also interesting that CAF chose the transition period in the same season that will see African Cup of Nations in seventh of June as well as five qualifications matches for the national team and the Arab Competition which includes four Egyptian participants.”
Hussein also said that he will wait for the EFA president Hany Abou-Rida to return from Russia to discuss with him and Egyptian clubs’ representatives where there better interests are.
He added that Egyptian teams will have to drop out from participating in African competitions in the transition period which which fulfills the interests of Egypt national team.
”If the teams insist on participating in the Arab and African competitions, we will have to halt the League in May to prepare for the Cup of Nations then resume it in July or August.”
He concluded by saying that Tunisia had to resort to the two group league in the new season but that they have 16 teams in the league not 18 like Egypt.
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