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. Supersport United in CAFCL?
The exploits of Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAFCL are inspiring other South African teams to dream big. In particular, Supersport United coach was reminiscing how the Pretoria team did so well in the Confederation Cup a few years back. Supersport United reached the 2017 CAFCC final only to be beaten to the title by TP Mazembe.
Coach, Kaitano Tembo would like to do it again only this time in the Champions League. He said, “…as a team we would want to go back again. It is good for the players. It is good for the brand…” His dream may come to pass as the side sits third in the PSL, only 1 point from Sundowns.
2. Al Ahly make another major signing
Al Ahly announced the signing of Aliou Badji from, Austrian team, Rapid Vienna on a 4-year contract. The Senegalese striker was brought in for a reported €2 million. He is the second major signing Al Ahly coach, Rene Weiler, has been granted this transfer window.
The pressure to win the CAF Champions League for this club must have reached a ceiling point at this point. Do you think Al Ahly will win the CAFCL this season?
3. Esperance Tunis lose another key player
Has Esperance Tunis finally lost a footballer it cannot replace? The club confirmed the departure of Anice Badri to Al Ittihad Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia. The 29 year old winger left for a reported $500,000 fee. He was Esperance’s secondary goal threat.
Algerian, Billel Bensaha is the player coach Chaabani has picked to fill Badri’s shoes.
Anice Badri joined Esperance Tunis in 2016. He went on to win 3 Tunisian League titles and 2 CAFCL titles. In addition, he was CAFCL top scorer in 2018.
4. Coaching changes galore
3 teams still involved in the CAFCL will have new coaches when they take to the pitch on the next matchday. The first, Wydad Casabalanca parted ways with Zoran Manojlovic (Serbian) despite the hype of his appointment. They really should have gone through our CAFCL power ranking to see Wydad was way weaker this season.
The second, JS Kabylie sacked Hubert velud (French) after a league loss to USM Alger. It was the last of a series of underwhelming results. Last but not least, Hamada Sedki (Egyptian) left his post at Al Hilal after just one month. He preferred going back home to coach Smouha SC.
5. Big domestic tests for CAFCL favourites
We had 2 really big domestic matches involving 3 CAFCL favourites.
In South Africa, Sundowns suffered a 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates. The only goal of the match was scored by Frank Mhango in the 30th minute. This was the first difficult match in what is going to be a difficult end-of-January for Pitso’s team.
Esperance Tunis did better in Tunisia. They overcame the test of Etoile Sahel with a 1-0 scoreline in Rades. The goal was scored by Hamdou Elhouni. The Tunis team maintained good league and CAFCL form. The same cannot be said about Etoile Sahel.