Continental (Africa) football governing body CAF has canceled the CAF Confederation Cup game between AS Kigali and KCCA FC slated for today, Wednesday, 23rd December 2020 at Kigali Stadium, Nyamirambo in Rwanda.
This development was confirmed on matchday in a letter written to KCCA Football Club.
KCCA FC did not have the recommended number of players to have the game take place.
This is because of the a number (14) of players tested positive of COVID-19 and could not travel to Kigali Rwanda.
The decision means hosts AS Kigali have the first leg advantage with a 2-0 score.
Ahead of the second preliminary round of the tournament, only 14 KCCA players will feature on the matchday team sheet after 12 tested positive for Covid-19, including skipper Charles Lukwago, Hassan Matovu, Ali Mwirusi, Samson Kigozi, Brian Aheebwa, Hassan Musana, Kezironi Kizito, Denis Iguma and Stefano Mazengo.
The KCCA FC website reports that, according to CAF AFCON organizing committee which is also in line with the FIFA laws of the game, each match must be played if the team has at least 11 players including (GOAL KEEPER) + 4 substitutes.
According to COVID 19 regulations, if a team does not have the minimum number of players (11 players including goal keeper) + 4 substitutes to play a match the team will be considered to have lost the match 2-0.
In exceptional circumstances the organizing committee will be consulted for a final decision concerning the match.
The return leg will be played on 6th January 2021 in Kampala.