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. El Hadary retires
“Football is my second wife and I have divorced it. I am not returning to play football again…” These were the words Essam El Hadary used to signal his retirement from the game. The legendary Egyptian goalkeeper is a benchmark for footballers in Africa as he played until he was 47. Perhaps, Sundowns are taking this lesson too literally with their aged squad. Haha.
Anyway, El Hadary hangs his boots having played for all the major football clubs in Egypt. He was part of Al Ahly’s and Egypt’s golden generation of the late 2000s, winning the CAFCL four times.
2. Tyrone Mings to Al Ahly?
What do you think of a Premier League player joining Al Ahly? They can afford it. I think. The Cairo giants were “encouraged” to go for Aston Villa centerback, Tyrone Mings. Comments on this were made by Salah El-Din on Egyptian TV. Central defence is one of the positions Al Ahly is looking to shore up but I doubt they are so extravagant as to spend tens of millions of dollars on a 27-year old England international.
3. Jackson Muleka will go to Lille
Jackson Muleka will move to Europe after all. A club has been found that is willing to match TP Mazembe’s €2 million valuation of the striker. Lille, of the French Ligue 1, are willing to sign him and then loan him off to a Belgium club. This will give Muleka game time to develop as a footballer in Europe. A lot is expected from the young striker and it is critical that he makes the right career moves. Insisting on a transfer to Europe is a good start.
Source: Get French Football News
4. TP Mazembe and Raja Casablanca punished by CAF
TP Mazembe (TPM) and Raja Casablanca disgraced themselves during their CAFCL quarterfinal meeting. We hoped it would be just a game about Ben Malango. CAF came to a decision over the incidents that occured following the second leg in Lubumbashi.
The African football governing body decided to fine Raja Casablanca $10,000 over incitement of TPM fans. TP Mazembe was fined $10,000 as well for security failure. This is good stuff and CAF must not show leniency to these incidents that ruin the image of CAF Champions League.
5. Esperance Tunis open new stores
Esperance Tunis expanded its commercial presence in Tunisia by opening new club stores. This professionalism is encouraged. Further, we would like to see these major football teams try to reach out to fans in other African countries. It is quite possible. We already know of the love affair between Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca for instance – it can be a means to club cooperation.