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. USM Alger’s new owner completes takeover
USM Alger’s financial struggles came to an end when the club was taken over by Serport Group. The new owners quickly revealed future plans it had for the team but it has taken a while for things to come together.
A good step was taken this week in the appointment of a new board and new officials to oversee running of USM Alger. The headline grabber was the appointment of, former Algerian defender, Antar Yahia to the Sporting Director position. The club is also considering appointment of a new coach.
Source: USM Alger
2. Hamdi Nagguez arrested
Hamdi Nagguez had enough on his plate already. The Tunisian fullback is hoping FIFA can force Zamalek to pay him his unpaid wages. Added onto this is a 4-month jail sentence for insulting Tunisia’s National Guard patrol officers. He is also set to pay a fine but the Tunisian Football Federation, which is monitoring the situation, has vowed to defend him.
3. Gor Mahia in CAF Champions League?
Are Gor Mahia back in the CAF Champions League? The team was declared Kenyan Champion after Football Kenya Federation moved to end the Kenya Premier League (KPL) season over the Covid-19 pandemic. But this decision did not go unchallenged.
The body running the league, KPL insisted that the decision is void as they are the only body mandated to run Kenya’s top flight league. KPL holds that it will be possible to resume the league and conclude it end of July 2020. This is going to be an intriguing affair, which will advise all football competitions currently suspended in Africa.
4. Sirino’s agent speaks about Ahly link
29 year old, Gaston Sirino is one of the players reportedly eyed by Al Ahly. The Uruguayan forward plays a key role of playmaking and scoring for Mamelodi Sundowns. It is not too hard to guess that they do not want to sell him. His agent, Joao Bittencourt added his voice to the issue this week. He confirmed interest in the player from Egypt and “European clubs.” He added that the player is happy in South Africa but could move “if there is a suitable offer.”
5. Most CAFCL semis appearances
There is not too much football going on. So, CAF took the time to remind us of the best performing leagues in the CAF Champions League by number of semifinal appearances. No surprise, Egypt, DR Congo and Tunisia led the pack. And only 8 countries have been good enough to make more than 10 appearances in the CAFCL last 4.