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. Sundowns find time to celebrate Christmas
Unlike other teams in South Africa, Sundowns had to spend the Christmas period preparing for a match all the way North of Africa in Blida. Pitso Mosimane was pleased that there was time for small festivities in Algeria.
The team had braai (South African barbecue), a Turkey and sang some carols.
Mr. Mosimane was reflective. He said, ”We had our own Christmas here. We can’t say we didn’t have Christmas, it was just away from our families.”
2. Which is the biggest club in Africa?
Is it Al Ahly or Kaizer Chiefs? Haha. Digital Sports Africa tasked itself with answering the question by tracking digital footprint of African clubs. This is not always straightforward (is anything in Africa ever?) because many clubs do not have verified social media accounts. It explains why a country like Algeria had such low numbers. “Noisy” Kenya and Nigeria were also not impressive.
The data was for the most followed football team, online, in the respective African countries. Al Ahly leads the way with 24 million fans. Raja Casablanca and Kaizer Chiefs are 2nd and 3rd with 5 million fans each.
Source: @DigiSportAfrica (Twitter)
3. Tresor Mputu forgiven
It looked like there was no way back for Tresor Mputu after improper conduct following his substitution in a domestic league match. The TP Mazembe legend has been enjoying a fantastic second spell at the club. He was pleased to be reinstated to the team.
Mputu has promised to live up to his status as an example to young players and the public, in general. He said, “I promise not to repeat such behaviour. I also thank my teammates who have pleaded my case with the management.” Aah, I love happy endings.
Source: TP Mazembe
4. Wydad Casablanca beef up squad
Wydad Casablanca must have read our CAFCL Power Ranking, which gave them little chance of winning the competition. The team has decided to acquire players in response to injuries, departures and potential departures. Wydad has signed 5 players in the current transfer window and the side is not stopping at that. The standout names brought in are Kazadi Kasengu, formerly of Vita Club, from SC Chabab Mohammedia and Soufiane Kerkache from RS Berkane.
Source: African Football Community
5. Casablanca Derby…again
Raja Casablanca got the better of Wydad Casablanca again. This time it was a league encounter. Raja won 1-0, with the goal scored by Hamid Ahadad in the 80th minute. Wydad sit 2nd with 19 points while Raja are 4th with 17 points but having played a match less.