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. Sundowns owner makes Corona Virus donation
Mamelodi Sundowns owner, Patrice Motsepe has announced that he will be making a donation towards the fight against Covid-19 in South Africa. The country is in a state of lock down. News about the donation was first announced on the Sundowns website. “The Motsepe family in partnership with companies and organizations that they are associated with have pledged R1 billion ($60 million) to assist with efforts against Corona Virus pandemic.”
The money will go towards purchase of sanitizers, disinfectants, Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) plus other medical equipments to be deemed necessary after consultation with public authorities. Motsepe will also direct money towards helping badly-hit South Africans cope with the lock down situation – like enabling households get drinking water.
Source: Mamelodi Sundowns
2. Wydad coach makes Corona Virus donation
Wydad Casablanca’s coach, Juan Garrido also revealed that he donated medical equipment to 3 hospitals in his hometown of Valence, in Spain. Spain is one of the countries worst hit by Covid-19. Garrido is in Morocco but said, “I started to think about what I could do.” He added that he spoke to a doctor about the crisis and logistics of having the equipment arrive on time.
Source: Le 360
3. TP Mazembe shuts down
TP Mazembe had suspended both first team and youth sides training since 19th March, 2020 because of the Corona Virus. Now, the club has announced a further measure of closing the TP Mazembe Stadium and the club’s training center indefinitely. This decision was made in response to DR Congo’s Government banning gatherings of 20 or more people as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.
Source: TP Mazembe
4. Carteron turns down J League offer
Speculation on the future of, Zamalek coach, Patrice Carteron will just not come to an end it seems. The Frenchman’s contract with the White Knights ends at the end of the season. Esperance Tunis has emerged as one of the teams in the race to land Carteron’s signature. But the feeling in Cairo is that the man will extend his stay in Egypt. This expectation was boosted by Patrice Carteron revealing that he has turned down a lucrative offer to coach in Japan for 2 seasons. He said he turned it down because of his commitment to leading Zamalek in the CAFCL semifinals – which may or may not be played.
Source: Ahram Online
5. Rene Weiler talks about Egypt football culture
Swiss coach, Rene Weiler has enjoyed an exceptional start to life as the Al Ahly coach. His team is running away with the Egyptian league title and he has managed to lead the club to the CAF Champions League semifinals.
Weiler spoke to Swiss Newspaper, NZZ, about his time in Egypt so far. He said, “You get a new perspective on life when you live and work in Africa.” Among the many things he said about football culture in Egypt, there is one statement that caught out eye. “The way you push players here is different than in Europe. They are very proud and sensitive. You can’t expose them.”