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Ahmad Ahmad: CAF Champions League controversy unfair to Wydad

Ahmad Ahmad

CAF president has admitted that the controversial events that took place in the second leg of final ave been unfair to .

Esperance de Tunis have retained their CAF Champions League title following VAR controversy that took place in the second leg of the final against Wydad in Rades.

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 41st minute through Youcef Belaili; however, Wydad managed to score an equalizer through  Walid El Karti’s cross, a goal which was ruled out for offside.

Nevertheless, the replay showed El Karti was onside; thus, the goal should have stood, but, Bakari Gassama refused to consult VAR to check the goal due to technical errors in the system.

As a result, Wydad players refused to continue the game, holding on their right to resume the game only when VAR is in action.

Ahmad Ahmad came onto the pitch to convince the Moroccan to resume the match and after the game had been halted for almost an hour, Esperance were announced winners.

“Yes. Everything has been unfair towards Wydad. We have had an agreement with a company to supply VAR; however, they informed us they wouldn’t be apply to provide it for technical reasons just before the game,” Ahmad spoke to Moroccan magazine HeSPORT.

“I have no answers to give you. I am even so frightened after what happened,” he concluded.

After their official appeal against the result of the match, it remains to be seen how CAF will respond. It is worth noting that Egyptian referee Gehad Gerisha was suspended by CAF a few days ago for six months due to proclaimed “refereeing errors” in the first leg of the final.



  1. Med

    June 2, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    CAF are dodgy and the same for Egyptian referee and the same for the return referee. I think in the future finales CAF should be using a referee from Europe.
    NO MORE BRIBES for referee this football and the best should win

  2. Mnami

    June 3, 2019 at 7:55 AM

    Ahmad Ahmad is Frightened be a use in case Wac goes to TAS all African football Comitee will be upside down, due to many controversy especially favors given to Espérance of Tunisie club lately and with different African club, just during last 6 months 3 referees were banned for decisions taking in favor of this club. Knowing that African referees Comitee quarter is in Tunisia and its boss from Jibouti him self is living in Tunisia. Go figure.

  3. Demo

    June 3, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    Ahmed Ahmed is the most loser caf president and he Was involved in the corruption that took place during the African final match between wydad and Tunisian club

  4. Cedric

    June 4, 2019 at 3:46 AM

    This is sad. There is a lot bribing and controversy with African leagues. Should just mimic the European model and play one game, winner takes it all.

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