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. Wydad, Raja players could get National Team call ups
Morocco National Team coach, Vahid Halilhodzic is reportedly taking a closer look at 8 players from Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca. Walid El Karti and Abdelilah Hafidi headline this cast of players. It has been difficult for Moroccans playing in the Botola to get a chance to represent the Atlas Lions. CHAN does not count!
The Moroccan Football Federation, FRMF, prefers selection of binationals and this has left us wondering if locals in the Botola are as good as those in Tunisia and Algeria, who do get national team call ups. Morocco has a large diaspora community in the Netherlands and France.
2. Samuel Kuffour could lead Asante Kotoko
Asante Kotoko will be representing Ghana in CAFCL 2020/2021. Part of the club’s preparations include looking out for a new CEO. And we have learned that, former Bayern defender, Samuel Kuffour is leading contender for the position.
This would be a great benchmark for clubs in the Ghana Premier League and Africa at large. We need to see more former footballers trained to take up leadership positions off-the-pitch. Bayern Munich and Al Ahly are examples of successful footbal clubs that have a tradition of being run by former players.
Source: Football Made in Ghana
3. Rene Weiler TV interview
Rene Weiler is pleased with Al Ahly’s preparations towards the resumption of the Egyptian Premier League and the CAF Champions League. The Swiss coach spoke to Al Ahly TV and said he preferred if their CAFCL semifinal match against Wydad Casablanca would have been played as one-off tie rather than the return to 2-legs format. He also said that luck will be just as important as good performance to go through to the final, where he hopes his team will be facing Zamalek.
Source: Ahram Online
4. CAFCL semifinal date and format revealed
CAF decided that the CAFCL semifinals will revert to a 2-legged format. The first leg will be played in Morocco on the 25th and 26th September, 2020 and the second leg in Egypt on the 2nd and 3rd October, 2020. The final will be played on the 16th or 17th of October, 2020 with the venue to be determine by the matchup to be. If the Moroccan sides reach the final, the showpiece match will be in Casablanca. The final will be in Cairo if the Egyptian sides reach the final. And a neutral venue will be identified should each country produce a finalist. Bidding for the chance to host the final will be open from 7th August.
We support CAF’s decision on this. It is the best possible workaround considering the constraints placed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our hope is that CAF will be upfront or transparent in picking the host of the CAFCL 2019/2020 final. We don’t want this information revealed as a social media rumour.
5. TP Mazembe land in Mzansi
TP Mazembe has opened a new club store in Johannesburg largely targeted towards the Congolese community in South Africa. This will raise the profile of the club as the locals take an interest in the colours of TP Mazembe. I wish the Lubumbashi side could open the same for the Congolese community in Nairobi (it’s totally not because I want to get myself TP Mazembe merchandise). This approach should be followed by other major CAFCL clubs and follows on Esperance Tunis move to open more club stores in Tunisia.
Source: @Africansoccerup (Twitter)