Why CAF Champions League Semifinal Match Is Called Off


The two semi-final matches of the 2023/24 CAF Champions League games between RS Berkane and USM Algers didn’t hold due to controversy on the jersey won by the Moroccan club, RS Berkane.

Like the first leg match, the return leg match of the semi-final game of Morocco’s RS Berkane and USM Alger of Algeria has been called off.

The Algerians arrived Morocco on Friday but the club has decided to withdraw from the match scheduled for Sunday at 8pm.

The Algerian authorities have recalled USM Alger as the Moroccans will play the match with jerseys that have the full map of the country.

FIFA has not made statement yet on the cancelled second leg match. But a sanction is imminent against the Football federation of Algeria.

A CAF club commission decided to refer the matter to the disciplinary committee for possible additional sanctions against Algerian authorities.

This may possibly include a ban that will see the country out of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations which has potential of being politicised with the possible qualification of Algeria.