Were you too busy to catch up with all of the week’s CAF Champions League stories? Don’t worry. Read our summary of the most interesting stories that made CAFCL news headlines.
1. Esperance end Club World Cup on a high
Esperance bounced back from defeat to end a consecutive Club World Cup in 5th place. The African Champions recorded a historic 6-2 win over Al Sadd. El-Houni grabbed himself a hatrick in the thrashing. He became only the 4th player to achieve the feat after Suarez, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Good Company. Anice Badri netted a brace and Derbali concluded things with a 6th goal.
2. CAF-Qatar collaboration
What a weird, contrived relationship! CAF is not letting up in its insistence of organizing matches in Qatar. If anything, it is Africa that needs this to develop know-how of hosting football tournaments. But CAF is happy to let Qatar host the next 3 CAF Super Cup matches (we all know CAF will be eager for all of these to be all-North African affairs). The first of these will be on 14th February, 2020, in Doha when Esperance Tunis plays Zamalek.
Source: I Love Qatar
3. Al Ahly injury setback
Al Ahly are our favourites to win the CAF Champions League. They have looked the part – the defeat to Etoile Sahel notwithstanding. Unfortunately, the side will have to do without one of their key men for the next few CAFCL fixtures. The player that will be ruled out because of injury is Ramadan Sobhy.
The youngster has been enjoying a sort of rejuvenation but is beset by a 6-week layoff. He suffered a hamstring injury in training.
Source: Ahram Online
4. JS Kabylie’s new stadium
Algeria sure does take its time building a stadium. The country is set to unveil 3 classy stadiums in 2020 after the most lasting construction periods. One of these will be a 50,000-seater stadium in Tizi Ouzou, which will be the new home of JS Kabylie. The side organized a team tour of what will be their new facility.
Source: JS Kabylie
5. CAF Awards 2019
A lot of Africans have a problem with the CAF Awards because they seem to second-class footballers based in Africa. What is your opinion on CAF Awards? I will share mine another time.
For now, go vote for Al Hilal in the best goal category. We know the goal by Idris Mbombo was scored in the Confederation Cup. But we are desperate here. It is the only CAF interclub competition goal to be nominated.