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. Supersport Utd don’t want to compete in CAF
Yes, you read that right. Supersport United CEO, Stan Matthews, shocked Africa by revealing that he would prefer to have his team not qualify for either CAFCL or CAFCC.
Supersport United are currently 3rd in the PSL. And they did reach the CAF Confederation Cup final in 2017. But Stan thinks the squad is not good enough to compete in Africa. He reasons that this is because Supersport United has not consistently finished in the top position in the South African league in recent years.
He added, “I think that it’s a year too early for us. We need to show that we can finish in the top 4 this year…I don’t have to stretch a small group of players across competitions, travelling, connecting flights and all the things that nearly got us relegated back in 2017.” Mmh, interesting.
2. Ahmed Fathy to leave Al Ahly
Al Ahly is conducting a clear out of legends who have honestly overstayed at the club. This could mean that the club is committed to having Rene Weiler as coach for a longer period of time. First, Al Ahly captain was asked to leave. This time, Ahmed Fathy, one of the most versatile players in Africa was informed that his contract would not be renewed. Fathy is 35 years old and has been at the club since 2007, going on to win CAFCL 3 times. He said he left because he was not guaranteed consistent playing time.
3. Al Ahly and Zamalek competing for the best right backs in Africa
We don’t like doing transfer rumours because they are so out there. How can you tell what is truth? Anyway, reports of Al Ahly and Zamalek making approaches to the best right backs playing in Africa certainly caught our attention. It is an open secret that the Cairo giants need to strengthen their right back positions and that they have money to lure any footballer in Africa. Who are they after? The two clubs have been linked to Wajdi Kechrida (Etoile Sahel) and Athar El Tahir (Al Hilal).
4. Several players could leave Esperance Tunis and Etoile Sahel
Esperance Tunis and Etoile Sahel need to regroup quickly for CAF Champions League next season after both teams were ousted at the quarterfinal stage. Etoile Sahel may not even qualify if the Tunisian league is okayed to resume. But their work will be much harder considering the fact that quite a number of players will see their contracts come to an end in June 2020. These 2 Tunisian teams will either have to renew the contracts or find and signs replacement players.
Esperance Tunis have 6 players in this situation: Chamsedine Dhaouadi (CB), Ali Yaacoubi (CB), Rami Jeridi (GK), Wassim Karoui (GK), Sameh Derbali (RB) and Raed Fedaa (RB). Etoile Sahel have 5 players in this situation: Yassine Chikhaoui (MF), Ammar Jemal (CB), Mohamed Methnani (MF), Alaya Brigui (MF) and Omar Kounate (CB).
Source: Football Tunisien
5. CAFCL Gazette Power Rankings
It’s finally here. Club football in Africa now has a REAL ranking for the most in-form teams in Africa. The wannabe rankings out there that only consider CAFCL and CAFCC form are boring. We not only calculate CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup, we also consider League Form and League Quality. We shared the first such ranking this week and plan to make a monthly update when football resumes.
The CAFCL Gazette tracks 300 clubs in Africa. Can you believe it? Check out the Top 20 List here.