Tanzanian side Young Africans are set to lodge an appeal with CAF against the legitimacy of their 1-0 Champions league defeat to Zamalek, according to the club’s chairman.
Yanga, who drew with the Whites 1-1 in the round of 64 first-leg in Dar Es Salaam before losing narrowly a fortnight later in Cairo, believe that Moroccan referee Jihed Redouane favored Zamalek by allowing Mido’s winner to stand.
They are also convinced that the Cairo giants violated the stadium ban imposed by CAF for last year’s infamous pitch-invasion incident in a Champions league fixture, claiming that ‘hordes’ of Zamalek fans showed up in the stands during the match.
“We are mulling over lodging an appeal to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) because we think we have a case,” Young Africans chairman Lloyd Nchunga told The Citizen.
“There were horrendous decisions from the referee that went against us. Ahmed Mido’s goal was a clear offside, but he signaled for a goal.
“It was a closed door match and Zamalek were allowed to have 30 officials only at the venue, but they came with hordes of their fans. I believe that we have enough grounds for lodging the appeal, we can’t be robbed of our rights and keep quiet.”
Yanga’s appeal may not be taken seriously by CAF after television replays showed that Mido was onside when he headed in the winning goal.
Zamalek, five-time African champions, have a relatively stern challenge as they meet Ivorian champions Africa Sports in the competition’s round of 32.