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. CAFCL Final decision
It looks like Cameroon will decline the opportunity to host the CAF Champions League final and semifinal matches in 2020. The CAFCL was set to resume at Japoma Stadium with the semis being played as one-off matches. CAF has reportedly been considering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to host Ahly, Zamalek, Wydad and Raja in the CAFCL homestretch. But this option has been rejected by Morocco. The other countries that have availed themselves to host a CAF club competition are Morocco and Egypt, who happen to be the CAFCL title contenders. CAF could also reach out to Rwanda or the 2 countries that have resumed domestic football despite the Covid-19 situation – Tanzania and Tunisia.
2. Rhulani Mokwena boost for Sundowns
Rhulani Mokwena left Sundowns in 2017 to try his luck at a head coach career. He got a high profile job at Orlando Pirates but has, ultimately, had to return to Sundowns. He joins a talented Masandawana technical bench that has Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi. This is just another day for the most ambitious club in South Africa. Sundowns has a strategy of buying all the best players in the PSL and have now leveled up with a coaching cast to match. The club is 100% committed to retaining their status as a CAF Champions League contender club. Not everyone is happy about how they are going about their business though.
Source: Mamelodi Sundowns
3. DR Congo duo to join Raja Casablanca camp
Raja Casablanca has been busy training ahead of resumption of the 2019/2020 football season. The team is involved in the Botola, Arab Club Championship and the CAFCL. It is fullhouse at the Greens training camp save for a few foreign players, like the DR Congo duo of Fabrice Ngoma and Ben Malango. The 2 are set to link up with the rest of the squad when Morocco opens for busines on 15th July, 2020. Jamal Sellami will hope this boost gives the team the same effect injury returnees had, for them, during the CAF Champions League quarterfinals against TP Mazembe. Raja Casablanca will play Zamalek in the CAFCL semifinal.
Source: Le 360 Sport
4. Aliou Dieng interview
Ahly’s young midfielder, Aliou Dieng is growing quickly into becoming a fan-favourite. He won his CAFCL quartefinal duel with Andile Jali and has now set his sights on bigger goals. For one, the defensive midfielder hopes to be selected for the Mali National team. He revealed this during an interview with Bamada. Aliou Dieng touched on a lot more, including how Rene Weiler kept the Ahly squad fit after football came to a stop over the Covid-19 pandemic. What does he feel about the CAFCL semifinal match against Wydad Casablanca? Dieng believes the team that will score first will advance to the final. What do you think?
5. What next for Joseph Ochaya?
The Ugandan international is said to be a free agent after his contract with TP Mazembe ended. But you can never be too sure about these thing when it comes to the Lubumbashi side (haha). Anyway, the 27-year old leftback is being targeted by a number of African clubs. Vita Club, who got a new President, is one of these. Zamalek, Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United are all also reportedly looking to sign Joseph Ochaya.