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. Hlompho Kekana extends Sundowns stay
Sundowns, 34 year old captain, Hlompho Kekana was handed a 4-year contract to keep him at the club until 2024. It is rare for a player well into his 30s to get such a lengthy contract extension. The midfielder has led the club through its most glorious period, which saw Sundowns lift the CAF Champions League in 2016.
Supersport Utd and Bidvest Wits had shown interest in the player prior to the contract extension.
Source: @Masandawana (Twitter)
2. CAFCL Final bids confirmed
We finally know the 3 venues shortlisted to host the CAF Champions League final this season. Mohammed V stadium, in Casablanca, and Rades Olympic stadium, which is close to Tunis have long been known to be in the running for the honour. Now, the newly constructed 50k seater, Japoma stadium in Douala is confirmed to be in the contest. A final decision will be made on 12th March, 2020.
3. Corona Virus Disease 2019
What does the Corona Virus have to do with the CAF Champions League? CAF released a statement revealing that “8 major football nations” had confirmed cases of Corona Virus infections. These countries are: Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and South Africa.
CAF has set up a special committee to monitor how the situation evolves. But the African football governing body also revealed that it is assured that all its upcoming competitions, including CAFCL, should go on as planned.
4. The new CAF Secretary General is Moroccan
Surprise! Surprise! CAF’s Moroccan Secretary General, Mouad Hajji resigned as a crisis continues to unfold at the African football governing body. He gave “personal reasons” as the cause for his resignation. Everyone knows CAF is under scrutiny over financial malpractices, so it could have something to do with that.
Hajji was replaced by yet another Moroccan. Abdelmounaim Bah will be the acting Secretary General of CAF. Morocco has become the dominant political force at CAF and this has coincided with exceptional performances of its clubs in the CAFCL and CAFCC. Is that normal? You decide.
Source: Morocco World News
5. Ben Malango case solved
Ben Malango left TP Mazembe for Raja Casablanca in a disputed transfer. As a result, the matter was escalated to FIFA. TP Mazembe were hoping to see Raja Casablanca made to pay $5 million and suffer a transfer ban. The Lubumbashi team also wanted Ben Malango suspended for 6 months. But FIFA went with a different verdict. Raja Casablanca will have to pay $296,996 as compensation to TP Mazembe. Case closed. Hopefully.