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. CAF Champions League TV rights
You could soon be watching the CAF Champions League on your TV again. CAF has invited proposals for TV and marketing services for the 2020/2021 season. The competitions covered in this tender are the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup 2020/2021, Women AFCON 2020, Beach Soccer AFCON 2020, the U17 and U20 AFCONs plus AFCON 2021.
CAF has lost a lot of ground in marketing its interclub football competitions and will agreements resulting from this will make up for lost time. We wish them the best.
2. Mamelodi Sundowns Strategy
Sundowns may have been knocked out of the CAFCL but they remain very much alive. The club has refocused its resources on defending the PSL title. Sundowns also invited its NEC members to a forum to discuss future of the club. Team owner, Patrice Motsepe was in attendance. Some of the main talking points were increasing fan attendance and growing the profile of Masandawana.
The club also organized the Miss Sundowns pageant contest. The event has been held every year since 2011, with the winner going on to compete as a finalist in the Miss South Africa beauty pageant contest. Kadija Makhaya was crowned Miss Sundowns 2020. Team officials, players and coaching staff were in attendance to witness her crowning moment.
Source: @Masandawana (Twitter)
3. CAFCL Final venue now confirmed?
All reports point to Japoma Stadium, in Cameroon, as the venue for the CAF Champions League final on 29th May, 2020. This has not been officially announced by CAF though – despite their promise to arrive at a decision on 12th March, 2020. Japoma Stadium, in Douala, is a 50k seater stadium that was commissioned as part of Cameroon’s failed bid to host AFCON 2019.
Moulay Abdellah stadium, in Rabat, will host the CAF Confederation Cup final this season as it was the only stadium to submit a bid to host the match. This has also not been made official by CAF.
4. Egypt, Morocco suspend football activities
Corona Virus is bringing football to a standstill. Morocco had decided to carry on with football matches behind closed doors. But the country’s football federation, FRMF, has rethought the issue and decided to go with FIFA’s recommendation to suspend football competitions. The Moroccan league will remain suspended until a decision is made otherwise. Egypt has suspended football for 15 days as a precautionary move.
This is alarming because clubs from the two countries will be the contestants in the CAF Champions League semifinals. CAF has not suspended the CAFCL. It will be interesting to see how things pan out. Although, since the matches are still many weeks away, the Corona Virus threat may have been put under control by the time kickoff date arrives. After all, Africa is not considered a high risk area.
5. Pampile Mihayo sacked
TP Mazembe were quick to react to their CAFCL quarterfinal exit at the hands of Raja Casablanca. The team announced the sacking of, coach, Pampile Mihayo and his assitant, Charles Musonda. His place has been taken by, Serbian, Drazen Cvetkovic who was serving as club sporting director. But Mihayo is expected to return at some point in the future as per the club statement. “The pair (Mihayo and his assistant) will be back at the club in future…that is why they will be headed to Europe for further training.”
Source: TP Mazembe