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. Bestine Kazadi elected Vita Club President
Vita Club elected Bestine Kazadi its first female President. Her professional background is law and she has been one of DR Congo’s Presidential advisors. Bestine Kazadi won by garnering 38 of the 72 votes cast. She has made the building of a stadium and acquisition of a club plane her flagship projects.
This is a great milestone for Vita Club and involvement of women in African football. We hope she also raises the level of Vita Club as a CAF Champions League club. The side has struggled to come close to the heights of 2014 when they reached the CAFCL final.
Source: Vita Club
2. Is Sundowns sustainable?
Voices in the PSL against the extravagant ways of Mamelodi Sundowns continue getting louder. The club got a taste of CAFCL success in 2016 and have spent big to maintain such continent-beating standards. Journalist, Velile Mnyandu believes that Sundowns “would be finished” if owner Patrice Motsepe ditched the club “tomorrow.” Velile’s comments are coming on the backdrop of Bidvest Wits being bought out and seizing to exist.
The patronage model Sundowns is followed by many other African clubs like TP Mazembe and Simba SC. Do we need a Financial Fair Play rule to protect clubs?
Source: @Simphiwe_Chef (Twitter)
3. CAFCL 19/20 to restart in September
The CAF Executive Meeting of 30th June, 2020 brought us closer to CAF Champions League football resumption. Dates were not specified but CAF revealed that the CAFCL and CAFCC will resume in September 2020.
Two controversial things stood out from their decision. First, the matches will be played as one-off matches and not over 2 legs as is the norm. Secondly, CAFCL venue was not revealed and rumours are doing rounds about the matches being played in UAE while CAFCC is played in Morocco. As usual, CAF is completely botching communication about these things. This is why fans can never stop thinking the African football governing body is ever up to no good.
Check out other decisions from the CAF Executive Meeting 2020
4. Rene Weiler extends Al Ahly stay
Scary stuff, isn’t it? Rene Weiler will not be leaving his post as Al Ahly coach any time soon. The club gave him an extension for one more season and it is not that difficult to see why. He put Ahly on its best Egypt Premier League form since the invincible days of Manuel Jose. Weiler started slow in the CAF Champions League but managed to steer the team to the CAFCL semifinals, where they are set to play Wydad Casablanca.
Did I mention that he is also putting together the most formidable squad in Africa? Read more about Al Ahly’s spending here.
5. Nagguez joins Esperance Tunis
The troubles of Hamdi Nagguez have finally come to an end. The Tunisian rightback seemed consigned to obscurity in Lithuania, which is where he fled to after ditching Zamalek over unpaid wages. He was unveiled as a high profile signing by Esperance Tunis. The African champions bought him to replace, veteran, Sami Derbali and Iheb Mbarki (he is likely leaving for an Egyptian club). But the people in Sousse did not take his move to Esperance very well. Etoile Sahel fans now consider him a traitor.
Source: Esperance Tunis