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 semifinals to be played in Cameroon?
CAF is considering having the CAF Champions League semifinal matches played in Cameroon. The teams would face-off once for a spot in the final. The three matches would all be played at Japoma Stadium, in Douala, Cameroon behind closed doors. This is a suggestion reported to have been made by CAF’s Emergency Committee should the Corona Virus threat still be around in April, when the CAFCL semis are supposed to be played.
2. Renovation work at Sousse Stadium stops
It looks like Etoile Sahel will have to wait even longer to play at their home stadium again. Renovation work at the Sousse Stadium has stopped because the company overseeing the construction has halted activities over delayed payments. The architecture firm complains that no response has been forthcoming from the club. Sousse Olympic Stadium was closed in order to undergo extensive renovations. Etoile had to play their CAFCL home matches at Rades Stadium, close to Tunis.
3. Patrice Carteron to join Esperance Tunis?
If you can beat them, join them? That is not how things work. But Patrice Carteron could be singing that very tune if he indeed joins Esperance Tunis. The Frenchman has gotten the better of Taraji a good number of times in the last year or so – with Zamalek and Raja Casablanca – that the Tunis club is considering bringing him on board. The club is looking to take advantage of financial problems at Zamalek to lure Carteron to Parc B. He would be taking the place of, two-time CAFCL winner, Mouine Chaabani.
Zamalek President, Mortada Mansour had mentioned that his team intends to extend Carteron’s contract. Patrice Carteron has coached TP Mazembe, Al Ahly, Raja Casablanca and Zamalek. He has incredibly managed to win continental trophies with all 4 clubs.
4. CHAN 2020 postponed
The African Nations Championship 2020 (CHAN 2020) will not start on 4th April as had been scheduled. CAF decided to postpone the tournament to a later date because of the Corona Virus threat. CAF had made visits to Cameroon and confirmed that it was impressed with precautionary measures that had been taken to keep this under control. CAF also consulted the World Health Organization (WHO) and it was determined that postponement was the best decision.
5. Changes at Al Ahly
Al Ahly may have shut down but the club is actively sorting out its future. There are a number of loyal club servants who were to wind up their contracts at the end of the 2019/2020 season. We now know that Walid Soliman will be staying for 2 more years, until 2023, after he was rewarded with a contract extension. The 35-year old winger joined the team in 2011.
Unfortunately, captain, Hossam Ashour did not share in the joy as he was informed by Rene Weiler that his services will no longer be required at Al Ahly. Ashour said, “The club asked me to retire or look for another offer.” The 34-year old player said he was surprised by the decision as he expected better from the only club he has ever played for. Ashour joined the club in 2003 after graduating from the youth level. Another player set to depart is, goalkeeper, Sherif Ekramy. He is 36 years old.