CAF Champions League: CAF to determine fate of MC Algiers vs Buffles match

CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 06: Confederation of African Football (CAF) building is seen in Cairo, Egypt on June 06, 2019. It is reported that, President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmed Ahmed was detained in France's capital Paris, over allegation of corruption. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will hear a case regarding the CAF Champions League first preliminary round between Algerian club MC Algiers and Benin’s Buffles du Borgou.

FILE PHOTO: Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The two clubs were due to play the second leg of their qualifier on December 4 but the match was postponed because Buffles failed to make it to Algiers in time for the game due to the unavailability of flights.

The first leg between the two sides on November 28 ended 1-1.

“The case will be submitted to CAF Organizing Committee of Interclub Competitions and Management of Club Licensing System to take a decision,” CAF said in a statement.

Last month, CAF announced new rules to govern interclubs and national team matches due to the prevailing health situation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is not clear whether Buffles du Borgou’s situation was affected by the pandemic.

In other matches, Libya’s Al Ahly Benghazi and Gazelle of Chad advanced to the next round of qualifying having received walkovers in their respective matches against Mekelle 70 Enderta F.C. (Ethiopia) and SID (Djibouti).

Elsewhere, Al Merreikh of Sudan also progressed to the next round after a 2-0 win against Congo’s Otoho d’Oyo gave them a 3-1 aggregate win.

In the CAF Confederation Cup, Egyptian side Arab Contractors thumped AS Arta of Djibouti 9-1 for a 10-1 aggregate win in their qualifier while Angola’s Sagrada advanced at the expense of Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini.