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. Which African league spends the most money?
Do you know? FIFA revealed the answer when it released the Global Transfer Market Report 2019. The report breaks down international transfer activities for both men’s and women’s football. Last year, football clubs spent $7.35 billion to buy players. And 80% of this money was spent by 100 clubs.
What was Africa’s share? Egypt spent $33.7 million, more than any African country. Tunisia and South Africa were second and third, spending $2.9 million and $2 million respectively. Egypt also received the most transfer monies, at $17 million, but collectively made a loss of $16 million.
2. Samatta joins Aston Villa
It is not everyday that a footballer transitions from the CAFCL to the Premier League. This week had one of those rare days as Mbwana Samatta joined Aston Villa. The 27-year old Tanzanian used to play for TP Mazembe and even led them to CAFCL success in 2015. In fact, he scored in the final.
Samatta joined Aston Villa from Genk (Belgium), on a four and a half year deal, to become the first Tanzanian to ever play in the Premier League. We wish him all the best.
Source: Aston Villa
3. CAF 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
Are the groups predictable? Anyway, this will be an opportunity for some of the best players in the CAFCL to outdo the European-based ones. We hope they do get opportunities in the first place. This will not come round too often for the likes of Morocco. But countries like South Africa, Tunisia and Egypt are others to root for.
4. Al Ahly squad news
Saleh Gomaa has never been able to quite come alive for Al Ahly or Egypt. His time at the club may have just come to an end. Coach, Rene Weiler decided to axe Gomaa over complaints of not getting play time. He said, “Saleh Gomaa won’t have a role with us. I wish him good luck with another team.”
While Gomaa waits for another team, Walid Azaro found one in Saudi Arabia. The Moroccan striker was confirmed to be joining Ettifaq for 6 months, on loan. He failed to impress Weiler and had Aliou Badji brought in to take his place.
Source: Ahram Online
5. Fouzi Lekjaa exclusive interview
Fouzi Lekjaa may just be the most important man in African football right now. And he wears many hats. Hold your breath. He is the Vice President of CAF. He is the Chairman of CAF Financial Committee. He is the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF). He is the muscle behind RS Berkane and does some other Government work.
Lekjaa had a sit-down with, journalist, Osasu Obayiunawa and the entire interview is on Inside Football. We will not do it justice with a summary. At least Lekjaa confirmed that he will not run for CAF Presidency and that a broadcast deal for CAFCL is in the works.
Source: Inside Football