Were you too busy to catch up with all of the week’s CAF Champions League related stories? Don’t worry. Read our summary of the most interesting stories that made CAFCL news headlines.
1. Kekana celebrates 300 games milestone
Mamelodi Sundowns captain, Hlompho Kekana celebrated his 300th match for the club this week in a league game against Bidvest Wits. Kekana, 34 years old, joined Sundowns in 2011 and has gone on to become the only club captain to lift the CAF Champions League trophy. He has also won multiple other titles in South Africa over the duration.
Pitso Mosimane had good words for his man. He said, “He is a role model. I don’t remember him missing training since I have been here.”
Source: @Masandawana (Twitter)
2. Belaili is CAF Player of the Year
Let us get it out of the way that it is stupid to have an award for footballers based in Africa be the secondary award. With that in mind, Algerian, Youcef Belaili was named CAF Interclub competitions best player for 2019. The winger helped Esperance Tunis retain the CAFCL title.
He went on to play a key role in Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations success but CAF pretends that did not happen. Can you believe that he was not featured in the team of the year? Unbelievable.
3. Raja Casablanca refuse to play league match
Things are not all rosy in Morocco. The country is finding it difficult to abide by league fixtures schedule. The reason for this is that 4 Moroccan teams are taking part in the CAF Champions League, Confederation Cup and the Arab Club Cup. This escalated into an embarrassing episode for the country. Raja Casablanca refused to honor their scheduled match against Difaa Jadida (DHJ).
The team was away in Algeria playing MC Alger in the Arab Cup quarterfinals. Raja decided to stay over there ahead of the CAFCL meeting against JS Kabylie rather than travel home for a league match. The club holds that league organizers need to adhere to rule requiring 72-hour intervals between official matches. They would not have had this much rest if they agreed to play DHJ. Sanctions are now anticipated against Raja Casabalanca. Keep it here.
Source: Les Eco
4. Darragi joins JS Kabylie
Oussama Darragi was the star player when Esperance Tunis won the CAF Champions League in 2011. In fact, he went on to win the CAF Interclub Competitions best player award that year. Unfortunately, Darragi never went on to live up to his billing. He had a failed stint in Switzerland before moving back across the Mediterranean to revive his luck. He has now joined JS Kabylie after taking up Algerian citizenship (yes) and we can only wish him the best.
Source: JS Kabylie (Facebook)
5. Zamalek celebrate birthday
Zamalek was founded on 5th January, 1911. The club took time this week to celebrate 109 years of existence. This is older than many African countries (haha). The team has gone on to win the CAF Champions League 5 times. Only one other club has won more. Exciting developments surround the club at this moment. Zamalek launched a TV Channel and won the CAF Confederation Cup in 2019 to end a lengthy wait for another African trophy.
Source: @ZSCOfficial (Twitter)