Caf CL: ES Sétif to host Aduana behind closed doors

Two-time African champions ES Sétif will host Ghana’s Aduana Stars behind closed doors on Sunday March 18 as the Algerians continue to serve their stadium ban for fan riots.

Sétif have since 2014 been slapped with financial sanctions and warnings by the Caf Disciplinary Committee over repeated incidents of unsporting behaviour by their fans at Stade du 08 Mai 1945.

In 2016, the Caf Organizing Committee for Inter-Clubs Competitions was forced to take stern decisions against the Algerians after incidents in their home game against Mamelodi Sundowns forced the referee to abandon the match before its end.

Match officials noted especially the pitch invasion as well as numerous throws of missiles, stones, bottles, and firecrackers, provoking a certain number of injured spectators and members of the security forces.

As a result, ES Sétif were disqualified from the Champions League at the group stage and were handed a stadium ban where they are to play two matches behind closed doors whenever they next compete in a Caf competition.

ES Sétif served the first ban on their return to Africa this year when they faced Real Bangui in the preliminary round. They will complete it with their return leg game against Ghanaian champions Aduana Stars in the last qualifying round to the group stage of the 2018 Caf Champions League.

With a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Dormaa, ES Sétif will be hoping to turn the tide in their favour in an empty Stade du 08 Mai 1945 on March 18. Kickoff is at 1900 local time (1800 GMT).




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