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. Club of the Century debate
CAF marked 20 years since Al Ahly was named the African Club of the Century – 20th Century. The Red Devils had earned this recognition through a controversial points system chosen by CAF. You can read more about this here. Zamalek did not miss the opportunity to stir up the debate.
The club put out a statement on its official website justifying the billboard. Part of it read, “putting up the billboard is part of the measures taken by the club to acquire its legitimate rights after winning more continental titles (in the 20th Century).”
2. Jackson Muleka RC Lens deal
It is now a guarantee that Jackson Muleka will leave TP Mazembe. The only thing the club is holding out on is the right fee for the young striker. This is reported to be in the region of €2 million. TP Mazembe also prefers to sell him to Europe. Well, French Ligue 1 side, RC Lens believed they had managed to sign Muleka only for the deal to fall through over transfer fees. This brings the situation back to square one but there are a number of clubs eager to get the player.
Source: France Football
3. Pitso to stay on as Sundowns coach
This matter was finally laid to rest by Sundowns President, Patrice Motsepe, himself. He announced that Pitso Mosimane had agreed to stay on as Sundowns coach until 2024. The contract extension had been delayed, reportedly, because the 2 parties could not come to an agreement quick enough. Pitso has won 9 trophies since he joined the club in 2024 including the highly coveted star – CAF Champions League in 2016. The MTN 8 is the only trophy he is yet to win at Masandawana (& of course the FIFA Club World Cup).
4. No Kechrida talks
Etoile Sahel right back, Wajdi Kechrida is set to leave the Sousse club. He has been linked with a number of French Ligue 1 clubs and, of course, the 2 Cairo rivals of Al Ahly and Zamalek.
But the club’s spokesperson, Qais Ashour cooled down the transfer talk by confirming that no team has approached Etoile over the defender. He made an appearance on an Egyptian TV station and said, “we haven’t received any formal bids or contracts from Zamalek or any other club to sign him.” Qais added that Etoile Sahel is willing to sell him for the right price.
5. Vipers SC qualify for CAFCL
Uganda Premier League became the latest league to cancel the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ugandan Football Federation (FUFA) declared Vipers SC the 2020 Uganda champions and therefore had them qualify for the CAF Champions League next season. FUFA based the decision on its rule allowing a champion to be declared even if the season is cancelled should at least one club play 75% of league matches. This decision was contested just like we saw in Kenya, where the federation declared Gor Mahia champions.
Source: Kawowo Sports