Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced that starting next season both the Champions League and the Confederation Cup finals will be played in one single game.
The first ever CAF Champions League final, previously known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs, that took place in 1965 between Oryx Douala and Stade Malien was a one-legged game that saw Douala come out victorious with a 2-1 win.
Since then all of the following finals were held in two legs. However starting the 2019-2020 season both the Champions League and Confederation Cup finals will be played in a single game according to CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.
The decision took place after the previous CAF Champions League final scandal. Esperance were hosting Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the second-leg, coming out of an important 1-1 draw in the first-leg.
Esperance were one-nil up until the 59th minute when Walid El Karti scored the equalizer which was eventually ruled out for offside. The referee then went to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) however the system failed meaning that he couldn’t check whether the decision was right or wrong.
Wydad players believed that the goal was valid and decided to interrupt the game until the system was restored. However after 80 minutes stoppage the Moroccan side decided to forfeit the game gifting Esperance the trophy.
A couple of days later CAF announced that the game would be replayed however the date and the location are yet to be decided. Some believe that the incident was no accident and that it took place because the game was taking place on Esperance’s home turf.