- Five-time CAF Champions League winner Mohamed Aboutrika has urged Al Ahly to withdraw from this season's grand finale
- This year's finals has been shrouded in controversy following CAF's decision to host the finals in Morocco, which will feature Ahly and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca
- The controversy has led to CAF considering a two-legged tie due to a lack of interest from countries wanting to host the Champions League final
Egypt and Al Ahly legend Mohamed Aboutrika wants reigning African champions, Al Ahly, to withdraw from the upcoming CAF Champions League finals.
This season's Champions League grand finale has courted disaffection among most football fans following CAF's decision to award the final hosting rights to Morocco.
The finals of the continent's most prestigious club competition was played over two legs but a recent regulation by the organizers of the competition ensured the grand finale was staged once - similar to the UEFA Champions League.
The new rule was implemented in 2019 and has been running since however, what has caused a massive uproar is this year's finals which feature Egypt's Al Ahly and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca, with the one-off game slated for May 30 at the Stade Mohammed V in Morocco.
Weighing in on the discussion, Al Ahly and Egypt legend Aboutrika suggested his former employers should boycott this year's finals to register their displeasure about CAF's decision.
“Congratulations to Al-Ahly Club for reaching the final and hard luck for ES Setif. Sometimes withdrawal and not being present is a championship in itself,” he wrote on social media as quoted by SuperSports.
“I wish the Al-Ahly club’s board of directors to withdraw from the tournament in order to preserve its position and prestige against the injustice of CAF. I am sorry for my opinion in public, but I did not find another way. to our beloved club.”
Al Ahly urgently appeal to Egyptian Football Association to bid for CAF Champions League final hosting rights
Legendary Egypt international Mohamed Aboutrika has slammed the Federation of International Football (FIFA) for their failure to punish Israel after they banned Russia from participating in all football competitions.
FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russian teams after the International Olympic Committee banned all athletes from the European country following their military invasion of Ukraine.
However, three-time Africa Cup of Nations winner, Aboutrika, is not happy the same sanctions were not meted out to Israel after their military was involved in the 'killings of children and women in Palestine.'
Source: Sports Brief News