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. Best supported teams in Africa
Digital Sports Africa updated its list of African football clubs with the largest online community. This time they shared a comprehensive list of the top 66 clubs, with at least 100k following online. The platforms considered were Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and LinkedIn.
Number 66 was Inter Allies of Ghana. The top 10 had the usual suspects with Al Ahly far and away enjoying the largest following of 27 million across all its social media platforms.
Source: @DigiSportAfrica (Twitter)
2. Mouine Chaabani set to stay after all
Esperance Tunis coach, Mouine Chaabani has been the subject of intense speculation over whether he will stay on as Taraji’s coach. The club has reportedly been pursuing Patrice Carteron to take over from Chaabani after the club was knocked out of the CAF Champions League quarterfinals – coming from back-to-back CAFCL triumphs.
The club has also been linked with the overachieving coach of US Monastir, Lassaad Chebbi. Esperance Tunis decided to put an end to these rumours by issuing a statement of confidence, through its Facebook Page, on Chaabani and the club’s technical bench.
3. Will Al Ahly cut player salaries?
The Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot of strain on football clubs’ cash flows. And now, it seems, not even a super rich team like Al Ahly has been spared. The club confirmed through its football director, Sayed Abdel-Hafiz, that it’s considering players salary cuts.
He said, “I had a meeting with the team’s senior players to inform them about the current situation to avoid seeing them surprised if a decision was taken concerning wage cuts.” Abdel-Hafiz added that the intent was to prevent a financial crisis at Al Ahly.
Source: Ahram Online
4. Another Algerian footballer at Esperance Tunis?
Esperance Tunis just doesn’t know when to stop does it? The team is reportedly ready to secure the services of another Algerian player to add onto its cast of Algerians. Esperance Tunis has 7 Algerian players. This is possible because players from North Africa are not considered foreign players in the Tunisian Ligue 1. Now, the club is reportedly looking to increase the number to 8 by signing striker Zakaria Naidji. The 25 year old striker most recently featured for, Portuguese side, Gil Vicente on loan from Paradou AC of Algeria.
Source: Le Buteur
5. The Zamalek and Hamdi Nagguez saga
Zamalek was embarrassed when, Tunisian right back, Hamdi Nagguez decide to leave the club over unpaid salary. The defender moved to the Lithuanian league. This issue seemed to have come back to haunt the club as it was reported in Egypt that FIFA had ordered Zamalek to pay $288,016 in late dues to Nagguez. This is to be topped up with $1,019,355 as compensation for breach of contract.
But Zamalek has denied receiving any official directive from FIFA. On his part, Nagguez refused to go into the nitty-gritty of the case stating that “all legal matters are the responsibility of my lawyer.”