Cairo to host CAF Champions League play-off

The CAF Champions League play-off between Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Simba of Tanzania will be staged in Cairo on 28 May, the organisers said today. Wydad and Simba lost in the qualifying competition to defending champions TP Mazembe of Congo DR, who were disqualified last weekend for fielding an ineligible player.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials said defender Janvier Bokungu had featured in several African ties for Mazembe despite being contracted to Tunisian club Esperance until the middle of this year.

The winners between Wydad and Simba at Petrosport Stadium in the Egyptian capital join Al-Ahly of Egypt, Esperance and Mouloudia Alger of Algeria in Group B of the Champions League.

Whoever loses the game, to be decided by a penalty shootout if the teams are level after 90 minutes, will get another chance of international glory by competing in the African Confederation Cup against DC Motema Pembe of Congo DR.

Former African champions Wydad are expected to overcome Simba, who admitted this week they were struggling to prepare after the transfer of several stars and the exit of Zambia-born coach Patrick Phiri.