The second matchday of the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League was pretty weird. Only one team managed a home win, and this came against Al Ahly would you believe?
Check out more lessons we picked from CAFCL group stage matchday 2.
1. Did we Boycott CAFCL Match Preview?
We would like to apologize. For the first time ever a CAF Champions League matchday came and went without us writing the CAFCL match previews. What went wrong?
Yours truly has been busy. I got helping hand in Josiah Ponyak but did not find time to coordinate with him. The CAFCL scheduling debacle has also not been pleasing at all. But we will be back doing what we do well ahead of matchday three.
2. Home Disadvantage
Seven of the eight CAFCL Group Stage fixtures for matchday two have been played at the time of this writing. Shockingly, only one team managed to win at home. This was Simba SC who beat Al Ahly at home to add onto their proud history of defeating Egyptian opposition in Dar-es-Salaam.
CAF Champions League has always been about home wins. African sides don’t really do well away from home. So, in a twisted way, this is refreshing. Or it could be just because all the big teams were playing away from home (sorry Kaizer Chiefs, hehe)
3. Pitso Fails for the First Time
It was bound to happen. Pitso Mosimane had a dream start to his Al Ahly coaching career. He took over Rene Weiler’s team and guided it to a treble.
Nevertheless, criticism of Pitso’s methods have been loud for us to notice. Call it a vocal minority. But the CAFCL defeat to Simba SC will give these “haters” more ammunition to go after the South African. I would also say that Al Ahly’s veneer of invincibility has been wiped off – literally!
4. Wow, Sudan
What else can I say? One of my readers has always accused me of underraring the Sudan sides. This criticism is unfair anyway because I have always considered Sudan to be the home of the CAFCL dark horses. Seeing Al Hilal and Al Merrikh muster only one goal from two matches is concerning.