CAF re-instate Egyptian giants Ismaily SC into Champions League
Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially reinstated Egyptian giants Ismaily SC in the Champions League following an appeal board decision on Sunday in Cairo.
Ismaily was thrown out of CAF inter-club competition after their second group game was cancelled due to crowd disturbances which forced the referee to end the game abruptly.
The Egyptian side appealed against the decision by the organizing committee and was admissible by the appeals board.
The Group C will now have CS Constantine leading with 6 points, followed by TP Mazembe also on 6 points with Club Africain on 3rd with 3 points and Ismaily SC bottom with 0 points.
With Ismaily SC reintegrated into the competition, their fixture against CS Constantine which was supposed to be played last week will be rescheduled to a later date.
The CAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition run by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The top club sides from Africa’s football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the Premier club football competition in the continent and the equivalent to the UEFA Champions League.
The winner of the tournament earns a berth for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations, and also faces the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup in the following season’s CAF Super Cup.
Egypt’s Al Ahly SC is the most successful club in the competition’s history, having won the tournament eight times. Egyptian clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, winning the title 14 times.