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. Pitso wants to copy Klopp
South African teams take part in 3 domestic cup competitions. Is that too much? CAF Champions League is added onto the plate for teams like Sundowns. Coach, Pitso Mosimane revealed that he has considered fielding weakened teams in the cups like Jurgen Klopp does at Liverpool.
He said, “I always ask the club as well, ‘Guys, can I do the Klopp?’ If I can do the Klopp, maybe it can be easier if I can put the U23s to play the Nedbank Cup.” He did add that he loves competing on all fronts. Sundowns have already won the Telkom Knockout Cup this season.
2. Etoile Sahel sack coach
Etoile Sahel parted ways with, coach, Juan Garrido. This happened despite the fact that the Spaniard guided the Tunisian team to the CAFCL quarterfinals. Unfortunately, for Garrido, he could not overturn poor domestic form and had to contend with instability in his team. Etoile Sahel players have been enduring delayed payment of salaries. Nevertheless, the team is ready to announce the next coach. Egyptian, Hassan Shehata is among those being considered for the job.
Source: Etoile Sahel
3. Al Hilal punished by CAF
CAF Disciplinary Board imposed a fine and stadium ban on Al Hilal over crowd trouble in their CAFCL match against Al Ahly. In that match, fans of the Sudanese team invaded the pitch. Al Ahly players had to be protected by security forces present at the venue. CAF has acted swiftly in dishing out a $100,000 fine on Al Hilal. They will only have to pay half the amount if the incident is not repeated in the next 12 months.
Al Hilal will also have to play 4 home matches, in CAF competitions, without fan attendance. We like the severe punishment but steps must be made to address this recurring issue at a more fundamental level. What do you think?
4. Ben Malango seeks protection from TP Mazembe
The striker ditched TP Mazembe for Raja Casablanca. The Congolese team was not accepting of this and protested what they considered an “illegal transfer.” FIFA allowed Raja Casablanca to register the player but no love has been lost. Ben Malango will have to travel to Lubumbashi to face his former team in the CAFCL quarterfinal second leg, on 7th March, 2020.
His agent has come out urging football administrative bodies concern to ensure security for ‘Big Ben’. He said, “The player is not worried because he made no mistake. He is a professional player and travel is part of his duties. And now the two bodies, CAF and FIFA, as well as Moroccan Football Federation must guarantee the player’s safety.”
5. Al Hilal fans stage protest
It is not a good time to be part of the Al Hilal family. The team was knocked out of the CAFCL and has just been fined by CAF for poor conduct of fans. In addition, a section of fans staged a sit-in demanding the ousting of the Club President. Al Hilal Ultras fans, along with others, believe that Ashraf Al-Cardinal is not steering the club in the right direction.
Source: @PepJunior1 (Twitter)