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 semifinals postponed
The CAF Emergency Committee decided to postpone both the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup semifinals over the Covid-19 pandemic. First leg ties were to be played between 1-3 May and second leg between 8-10 May, 2020.
It is now clear that CAF is avoiding the option of playing the CAFCL semifinals at Japoma Stadium as one-off matches. This is a good thing.
2. Eric Tinkler to replace Pitso at Sundowns?
We have known for a while now that Pitso Mosimane could leave Sundowns if he does not agree to a new contract. The speculation continues anyway. Now, suitable candidates for the Sundowns coaching job are being mentioned openly.
Eric Tinkler is considered favourite to be Sundown’s next coach if Pitso leaves. He is doing a great job at Maritzburg Utd with limited resources. Tinker has also led Orlando Pirates and Supersport Utd to the CAFCC final in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
3. Samatta talks about his time at TP Mazembe
Mbwana Samatta will go down in history as one of the best strikers to feature in the CAFCL. The Tanzanian striker was at TP Mazembe for 5 years, where he won the CAF Champions League in 2015. He left for, Belgium club, Genk in 2016 and then joined Aston Villa in 2020. He is one of the few players to graduate from CAFCL to Premier League.
He said that the key to success for a football club is implementing a long term plan. And he said this is what TP Mazembe did. “…The same was same was applied to TP Mazembe so that they reach where they are today.”
4. Ramadan Sobhi wants to leave Al Ahly
Winger, Ramadan Sobhi wants to go back to Europe when his loan deal at Al Ahly comes to an end. He mentioned this during a TV interview this past week. Sobhi said, “Ahly is a big club and I don’t want anyone to be angry because returning to Europe is my target, whether to England or the Italian league.”
The Egyptian winger rejoined Ahly from Huddersfield Town and has been forced to extend his stay at the club after FIFA directed that the 2019/2020 season be extended – along with player contracts. Ramadan Sobhi enjoyed a great start to life at Ahly before a 3-month injury layoff had him miss a majority of the club’s matches.
Source: Ahram Online
5. Constant Omari interviewed
Constant Omari is the CAF Vice President. He was interviewed by, BBC journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana about the state of CAF. The African football governing body is under scrutiny over poor financial administration, end of the TV deal with Lagardere Sport and possibility of changing AFCON to 4-year cycles.
Omari, gave his opinion on all these and more in the interview published by Inside World Football. You can check it out here.