The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reserved all its interclub competition fixtures scheduled to be played in Guinea due to the ongoing security situation in the West African country.
A coup d’état was confirmed in Guinea on Sunday, September 5, following heavy gunfire between presidential guards and a division of the country’s Special Forces.
The situation also led to the postponement of Guinea vs. Morocco match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers after Morocco, who had traveled to Conakry to honor their away fixture, woke up to the sounds of heavy gunfire on Sunday. Morocco national team’s delegation was eventually evacuated after the Moroccan Embassy in Guinea secured a Royal Air Maroc flight to evacuate the team.
CAF in a release on Wednesday, September 8, said after monitoring the political and security situation in Guinea and “following careful consideration, the CAF Interclub Committee has decided that all three fixtures involving clubs from Guinea in the preliminary stages will be played in a single leg at the opponent’s territory in accordance to Article 2.1 of the CAF Interclub Regulations.”
The regulations, in conformity with CAF’s statutes, give the organizing committee of the interclub competitions to take decisions in cases of force majeure. Force majeure in sports is an unforeseeable natural or human event beyond the control of the parties to a contract, rendering the performance of a contract impossible.
Two matches involving Guinea’s two representatives to the CAF Confederation were scheduled to take place this weekend, but have been transferred to the opponents’ countries with the match winners progressing to the next round of the competitions.
- Match 5/6 CAF Confederation Cup:
Diambars FC (SEN) vs Wakriya AC (GUI): 12 September 2021 (17h00 GMT), Stade Lat-Dior, Senegal
- Match 7/8 CAF Confederation Cup:
Anglogold (GUI) vs Bayelsa United FC (NGR): 19 September 2021 (15h00 GMT), Samson Siasia Sports Stadium
- Match 1/2 CAF Champions League:
CI Kamsar (GUI) vs Accra Hearts of Oak (GHA): 19 September 2021 (16h00 GMT), Accra Sports Stadium