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Four Raja players test positive for covid-19 ahead of Zamalek clash in Cairo

Following the semi-final clash against Zamalek, four Raja players tested positive for covid-19, and the Moroccan team may submit a request to postpone the second leg.

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Four Raja players test positive for covid-19 ahead of Zamalek clash in Cairo
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Moroccan media reports on Monday suggest that four Raja players have returned positive covid-19 results following their clash against their Egyptian club Zamalek in the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final.

According to the Moroccan website, sport.le360 the tests that have been taken by Raja players following their game against Zamalek have revealed that four prominent players of the team's squad had contracted the virus.

Key players ruled out of second leg clash

The reports confirmed that Mohsine Moutaouali, Omar Arjoune, Anas Jabroun, and Abdelilah Hafidi have returned positive tests, like their teammates Mohamed Zrida and Ayoub Nanah, who tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

The news makes Raja's mission more difficult before the return leg that is scheduled for next Saturday, especially after the 1-0 defeat in Casablanca. The four players won't be able to be part of the team's squad heading to Cairo, while Zrida and Nanah who are asymptomatic patients were set to undergo further tests to decide whether or not they can be part of the second leg squad.

Jamal Sellami is expected to experience more trouble in Cairo as the list absentees grows and includes several key players.

A header from Zamalek's Achraf Bencharki in Casablanca on Sunday out the Egyptian side in a very promising position ahead of the return game that will be held at Cairo international stadium on 23 October.

Some Moroccan reports revealed that Raja Casablanca intend to submit a request to CAF in order to postpone the semi-final second leg after the total number of covid-19 cases among players has reached six. The club have yet to officially announce the news.