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 to make early payments to clubs
CAF has decided to release payments for clubs that took part in its interclub competitions earlier than usual. The payments are typically made at the end of the season but CAF is choosing to ease burden of clubs suffering from Covid 19 football stoppage. CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad said, “CAF is being responsive to our clubs, one of our key stakeholders, by facilitating the payment of their prize monies well ahead of time.”
The cash will be issued to the 32 teams that took part in the CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League Group Stage. The minimum payment is $550,000 for CAFCL and $275,000 for CAFCC. The prize money will cover up to the quarterfinal stage, when the tournaments were suspended.
2. Is Cairo Stadium the best in the world?
This is a funny story. Spanish news platform, MARCA ran an online vote for fans to rank the best stadiums in the world. Cairo Stadium turned out to be number 1, with 124,000 votes, ahead of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu. Other African stadiums that made the top 40 ranking were Rades Stadium (10), Mohamed V Stadium (11) and Soccer City (27). Face palm.
3. Simba SC wants to be like Pirates & Chiefs
Simba SC made our list of 10 biggest clubs yet to win the CAF Champions League. The club has been striving to raise its profile under Mohamed Dewji. One thing they did was appoint Senzo Mazingiza as CEO. He was previously Administrative Manager at Orlando Pirates. He told KickOff that Simba is inpired by the South African giants of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
He also commented on the accomplishments of Simba SC so far. Mazingiza said, “We have our own training site, MoSimba Arena, which has an artificial and natural pitch…Simba also has 9 registered foreign players, which shows we are competing well in the transfer market.” He went on to say that Tanzanian football has some way to go to catch up with South Africa in terms of financial power and tactical development.
4. TP Mazembe declared Linafoot champion
DR Congo Football Federation (FECOFA) decided to end the country’s 2019/2020 football season. FECOFA declared TP Mazembe champion as they were in 1st place when the league was suspended. Vita Club, in 2nd place, will join them in the Champions League next season. Maniema Union and DC Motema Pembe, who were 3rd and 4th respectively, were identified as the teams to represent DR Congo in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.
It is intriguing that FECOFA also decided to relegate the bottom 2 teams when many suspended leagues opted to freeze promotion and relegation.
Source: TP Mazembe
5. Wadii Jarii to run for CAF Presidency
Tunisia Football Federation President, Wadii Jarii hinted that he will run for the CAF Presidency when the elections are held in 2021. He told a Tunisian TV Station that he is well connected in Africa and would be in a position to win. If he vies, he will be looking to unseat Ahmad Ahmad. Ahmad has lost much of the goodwill that was shown to him when he unseated Issa Hayatou. His reign has seen the increased influence of Morocco at CAF.