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. CAFCL Final venue
There were several unofficial shortlists of CAFCL Final venues doing rounds on the internet days after CAF announced that the final will be at one venue. It is now said that CAF has made a decision and that the stadium will be named during the quarterfinals draw.
The CAFCL quarterfinal draw is on 5th February, 2020 (Wednesday) in Cairo. Teams that finish top of their groups will be seeded. They will not be drawn against the runner-up from their own group. CAF Confederation Cup draw will also be on the same day.
2. Messi and Ronaldo to play against Sundowns?
Mamelodi Sundowns will be marking 50 years since their founding in 1970. The club wants to celebrate the milestone in a big way. We have recently seen North African clubs make centennials with high profile matches. Sundowns want to do the same by playing Barcelona, Juventus and Wydad Casablanca.
These reports are unconfirmed. Sources within the club are putting the word out though that Messi and Ronaldo could face Masandawana in July.
3. CAF Super Cup
The match between winner of the CAF Champions League and that of the Confederation Cup (CAFCC) is set to take place after all.
It was thought that, 2019 CAFCC winner, Zamalek would boycott over a dispute that Egypt’s Government is having with Qatar. But Egyptian Football Association CEO, Walid El-Attar confirmed that Zamalek will play Esperance Tunis. Moreover, Zamalek TV also confirmed that the club had sent its squad list for the match to CAF. The CAF Super Cup match will be held in Qatar for a successive season on 14th February, 2020.
4. CAF Seminar on football development
CAF held the Seminar on Development of Football Competitions and Infrastructure in Africa, in Morocco. Fouzi Lekjaa was there as was, CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad. FIFA President, Gianni Infantino headlined the list of attendants. Focus was on how Africa can improve refereeing, infrastructure and its competitions.
FIFA plans to select the best referees in Africa and employ them so that they can commit all their time to refereeing. Infantino also revealed that FIFA will give African FAs money to build “world class stadiums.” But what is concerning observers the most, on social media, is the suggestion to hold AFCON at 4-year intervals instead of every 2 years as it is now.
Source: @CAF_Online (Twitter)
5. Walid Azaro makes comments about Al Ahly
Morocco striker, Walid Azaro famously ripped his jersey to influence the referee during a CAFCL final. He started his Al Ahly career very well but was ultimately forced out to a loan stay at Ettifaq FC of Saudi Arabia. Aliou Badji was bought to replace him.
It is not easy to breakthrough at Al Ahly. The striker lamented that, coach, Rene Weiler never gave him a proper chance. He said, “I waited for a reply or an explanation from Weiler but he didn’t talk to me at all.” Walid Azaro went on to distance himself from rumours that he will join Zamalek.
Source: Ahram Online