Early Caf Champions League semi-final spot for Orlando Pirates?

Caf has reportedly threatened to expel Egyptian duo Al Ahly and Zamalek from the Champions League if their fans violate a crowd ban

Orlando Pirates and AC Leopards could both be the first teams to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2013 Caf Champions League.

According to ahramonline, an Egyptian publication, Al Ahly and Zamalek could be expelled from the Caf competition if their fans violate a crowd ban during their Wednesday’s Group A match.

Zamalek reportedly confirmed on their official website that one of the club administrators has been informed of such possible punishment.

“The club’s football administrator was warned by Caf that Zamalek and Ahly could be dismissed from the competition if their fans stormed the stadium on Wednesday,” Zamalek was quoted on their website.

“Caf said that while it had accepted a number of requests to stage the game, including moving it more than 600 Km [away from its original Cairo venue] and agreeing on an afternoon kick-off due to floodlight issues, it would not be acceptable to renege on the conditions which all parties agreed upon, including playing behind closed doors.”

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) had imposed an indefinite crowed ban earlier this year due to hooliganism in some regional and continental encounters featuring Al Ahly, Zamalek and Ismaily.

However, the fans of these three Egyptian powerhouses defied the ban, storming several army-owned stadiums to interrupt some Premier League games.  

Pirates and AC Leopards shared the spoils on Saturday night, and the return leg in Congo could be the final Group A match that will determine which team finishes top of the group.

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