CAF Confederation Cup: JS Kabylie v Royal Leopards postponed match due to COVID-19

TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Confederation cup at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

The CAF Confederation Cup match between Algerian side JS Kabylie and Eswatini’s Royal Leopards will not take place on Sunday due to travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The two sides were scheduled to play their additional Second Preliminary Round second leg tie at the 1 November 1954 Stadium in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria, but the game has been postponed indefinitely by CAF following the emergence of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, which prompted the restrictions.

Omicron, the B.1.1.529 variant, was first reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on November 24 and has been identified in some southern African countries.

Eswatini is one of several countries in the region that have had travel restrictions imposed on them due to the COVID-19 variant which is suspected to be more infectious than previous variants of the virus.

CAF said a new date for the fixture will be communicated in due course.

Royal Leopards won the first leg 1-0 last Sunday in Manzini.

The aggregate winners from the 16 Second Preliminary Round matches will qualify for the group stage.

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