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‘We know Zamalek SC will scare Tusker using army and police’ – Matano
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‘We know Zamalek SC will scare Tusker using army and police’ – Matano

The tactician, after losing at home on Saturday, said they are ready to cope with the kind of reception they will get in the north Tusker head coach Robert Matano has claimed their Caf Champions League opponents Zamalek SC will try to scare them using the army and the police. The White Knights earned the first-leg advantage in their first-round clash at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday following a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal scored by Achraf Bencharki. Matano has now claimed the Egyptian giants might use state might to scare them, but they will be ready for that kind of reception upon their arrival in North Africa for the second leg this weekend.  
Caf Champions League: Unlucky AmaZulu held by disjointed TP Mazembe
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Caf Champions League: Unlucky AmaZulu held by disjointed TP Mazembe

The PSL side created clear chances in both halves but they were, unfortunately for them, unable to convert them into goals AmaZulu and Tout Puissant Mazembe recorded a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Caf Champions League first-round encounter at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday. Usuthu, who were more dominant in both the first and the second halves, were unlucky to not find at least a goal from the numerous chances created and the goalless draw means the second leg tie in Lubumbashi on October 23 will ultimately decide the team that progress to the next phase. Benni McCarthy's side looked like the most likely team to get an opener and Sphesihle Maduna's free-kick - after Etienne Mayombo committed a foul - was the first test TP Mazembe's goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro had to deal wi...
Caf Champions League: Boboye explains why Akwa United bowed to CR Belouizdad
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Caf Champions League: Boboye explains why Akwa United bowed to CR Belouizdad

The veteran coach disclosed the reasons for the Promise Keepers’ early exit from the African club competition Coach Kennedy Boboye has opened up on reasons for Akwa United’s failed expedition in the Caf Champions League. The reigning Nigeria Professional Football League kings bowed out of the tournament following a 2-1 aggregate defeat to CR Belouizdad on Sunday. The Promise Keepers secured a slim 1-0 lead in the first leg, however, a 2-0 loss at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers saw the Uyo based side kiss the Champions League goodbye.
‘The quality of Arsenal’s players the problem’ – Alex Song on Gunners’ struggles
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‘The quality of Arsenal’s players the problem’ – Alex Song on Gunners’ struggles

The 34-year-old puts blame on the quality of players featuring in Mikel Arteta’s reign for their poor start to the season   Alex Song has blamed Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League campaign on the quality of players they have in their squad. The 34-year-old former Cameroon international, who made 133 appearances and scored seven goals for the Gunners before he left the club in 2012, believes the quality of the current squad cannot be compared to the players he played alongside during his tenure. “It is the quality of players that is the problem at Arsenal now, when I was there we had so many good players,” Song said as quoted by mozzartsportke before his team AS Arta Solar 7 played against Kenya’s Tusker in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League on Satu...
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag wants Cameroon keeper Onana to stay
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Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag wants Cameroon keeper Onana to stay

  The 25-year-old goalkeeper has attracted interest from a host of clubs in Europe among them reportedly being the Gunners, Tottenham and Lyon Ajax head coach Erik Ten Hag has revealed the reason he named reported Inter and Arsenal target Andre Onana in his squad for the Caf Champions League. The 25-year-old Cameroon international is the subject of transfer interest with the Italian giants the latest to join the race for his services. Arsenal, Tottenham, Lyon, and Borussia Dortmund have all shown an interest in the custodian, according to reports, who has less than 12 months left on his current contract.      
Pitso Mosimane: South African coach highlights the European leagues he would love to join
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Pitso Mosimane: South African coach highlights the European leagues he would love to join

The tactician has, however, insisted he is content with his current job at Al Ahly in Egypt Celebrated Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has discussed how he is open to coaching in Europe once an opportunity comes his way. The tactician is one of the most successful in African football having won three Caf Champions League titles, one with Mamelodi Sundowns and two with his current team Al Ahly. He will once again be lining up against the best in the world during the Fifa Club World Cup later this year. The former Bafana Bafana coach has opined on which league he feels is the best.
Mosimane can coach in Europe – Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Vega on Al Ahly glory
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Mosimane can coach in Europe – Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Vega on Al Ahly glory

The South African has been a success in Africa and has so far won three Caf Champions League titles Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ramon Vega believes Al Ahly tactician Pitso Mosimane is ripe to coach in Europe. The South African has been a success on the continent and recently he bagged his third Caf Champions League title after leading the Red Devils to a 3-0 win over Soweto heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs. It was his second title in a row, with another earned when he was Mamelodi Sundowns coach in 2016. The tactician has also won two Caf Super Cups and he further helped Al Ahly to a third-place finish in the 2020 Fifa Club World Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs 0-3 Al Ahly: Red Devils humble Amakhosi to clinch 10th Caf Champions League titleW
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Kaizer Chiefs 0-3 Al Ahly: Red Devils humble Amakhosi to clinch 10th Caf Champions League titleW

The Egyptian football powerhouse showed their class and quality in the second-half after the Soweto giants were reduced to 10 men Al Ahly successfully defended their Caf Champions League crown after securing a 3-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the final, which took place at the Stade Mohammed V in Morocco on Saturday. Goals from Mohamed Sherif, Mohamed Magdi Afsha and Amr El Solia inspired the Egyptian giants to a well-deserved win over their South African opponents, who were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Happy Mashiane in the 45th minute. The Amakhosi were making their maiden appearance in the final and had a decent start to the match - pressing high with their attackers Samir Nurkovic, Mashiane and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo showing good movement in Al Ahly's half. ...
CAF Champions League final: Al Ahly thrash Kaizer Chiefs to retain trophy
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CAF Champions League final: Al Ahly thrash Kaizer Chiefs to retain trophy

  Al Ahly on Saturday successfully defended their CAF Champions League title following an emphatic 3-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs. The final was played at the Stade Mohammed V in Morocco. Goals from Mohamed Sherif, Mohamed Magdi Afsha and Amr El Solia sealed the victory for the Egyptians, who outclassed their South African opponents. Chiefs, who were making their first appearance in the final, were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Happy Mashiane in the 45th minute. Mashiane was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Akram Tawfik following a VAR check. Eight minutes after the restart, Al Ahly took the lead through Sherif. The win saw the Red Devils clinch a record-extending 10th CAF Champions League title. They have also qualified for t...
Why Enyeama is the greatest Nigerian to play in Caf Champions League – Olatunji-Okuku
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Why Enyeama is the greatest Nigerian to play in Caf Champions League – Olatunji-Okuku

Although few Nigerians have won the competition more than once, the seasoned football administrator opted for the former Super Eagles goalkeeper Former Super Eagles star Vincent Enyeama is the greatest Nigerian ever to play in the Caf Champions League, according to Samuel Olatunji-Okuku. After joining the Aba giants from Ibom Stars in 2001, the goalkeeper became a key figure in Kadiri Ikhana’s Enyimba team that ruled Africa in 2003 - a feat which ended Nigeria’s wait to win the African title. His best performance came in the second leg of the final against Ismaily, as he made crucial saves to deny Theo Bucker's El Daraweesh
Fan View: Would Kaizer Chiefs ’21 eclipse Orlando Pirates ’95?
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Fan View: Would Kaizer Chiefs ’21 eclipse Orlando Pirates ’95?

Amakhosi are the only ones not to have won the continent’s elite club competition among the PSL’s big three Kaizer Chiefs face Al Ahly in neutral Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday as they bid for a first-ever Caf Champions League title. With Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns having won the Champions League before in 1995 and 2016, respectively, Chiefs are the only South African football heavyweight yet to conquer the continent. Fans have had their say, with the majority feeling that Chiefs winning the Caf Champions League on Saturday will eclipse Orlando Pirates' victory in 1995.
Caf Champions League: ‘Kaizer Chiefs have suffered and survived’ – Al Ahly’s Mosimane
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Caf Champions League: ‘Kaizer Chiefs have suffered and survived’ – Al Ahly’s Mosimane

The Red Devils are aiming at successfully retaining the continental crown, and their coach spoke of what to expect against Amakhosi in the final Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has lauded Kaizer Chiefs, stating they have "survived" difficult Caf Champions League matches and should be regarded as real soldiers and survivors. The two teams will be playing each other in the final of the Champions League on July 17, and while the Red Devils will be targeting their 10th Champions League title, Amakhosi are aiming at getting their first one. "They suffered against Simba, they survived. They suffered in Morocco, they survived. They suffered, they got four against Wydad [Casablanca] at a neutral venue in the group stages, they survived. They got three at Simba, they survived," Mosimane tol...
Caf Champions League: Al Ahly vs Kaizer Chiefs a David and Goliath affair – Zwane
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Caf Champions League: Al Ahly vs Kaizer Chiefs a David and Goliath affair – Zwane

The Amakhosi tactician feels they did everything to reach the final despite being regarded as underdogs Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Themba Zwane has welcomed the underdog tag going into the July 17 Caf Champions League final against Al Ahly at Stade Mohamed V Stadium. It will be a battle between nine-time African champions as well as current title holders Al Ahly, and Chiefs, who this season participated in the Champions League group stage for the first-ever time before surprisingly reaching the final. But Zwane does not mind being regarded as rank outsiders, saying they have always been viewed that way in this competition.
Al Ahly coach Mosimane warns against ‘trying to make sense’ of Kaizer Chiefs’ inconsistency
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Al Ahly coach Mosimane warns against ‘trying to make sense’ of Kaizer Chiefs’ inconsistency

The former Mamelodi Sundowns tactician is not paying attention to how the Soweto giants’ carved themselves a reputation of being unpredictable Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane says they will not read much into Kaizer Chiefs’ struggle for form in their domestic assignments, but will focus on their Caf Champions League exploits. The Cairo giants are set to clash with Chiefs in the Champions League final at a neutral venue, the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on July 17. After Amakhosi endured a torrid season back at home as they nearly missed out on a top-eight Premier Soccer League spot, they have been a different outfit in Africa.  
Ochewechi Oche: Nigeria star confirms Simba SC after his signature
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Ochewechi Oche: Nigeria star confirms Simba SC after his signature

The 19-year-old revealed he has been approached by the Msimbazi after their Champions League fixture against Plateau United earlier this year Nigeria midfielder Ochewechi Oche has confirmed Mainland Premier League champions Simba SC are keen to acquire his services. The towering player, who turns out for Nigerian side Plateau United, has revealed the Msimbazi giants approached him and is currently discussing a possible transfer with his manager. “Simba have been looking for me since we finished the second game of the Caf Champions League in Tanzania, they told me at the end of the season we will have a conversation and already everything about the transfer is being handled by my manager, who told me they are in talks,” Oche said as quoted by Sokalabongo.
‘Al Ahly needed focus, not excuse vs Esperance despite police drama’ – Mosimane
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‘Al Ahly needed focus, not excuse vs Esperance despite police drama’ – Mosimane

The Egyptian giants returned to Cairo with an advantage courtesy of a slim win in a game that was dramatically delayed for one hour Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has stated they did not want to make excuses despite the pre-match drama that clouded their Caf Champions League first-leg tie against Esperance in Rades on Saturday. Al Ahly had to abandon their pre-match warm up as the police reacted with 'gas bombs' against Esperance fans. The game was delayed for an hour due to a clash between the authorities and the fans, but Mosimane's team won thanks to a Mohamed Sherif goal. "We are dealing with all circumstances. Against Al-Hilal last season, the atmosphere was more difficult because the fans of the Sudanese team stormed the field," Mosimane said as per Kingfut.com. "We don’...
Caf Champions League: Al Ahly understand quality of Esperance de Tunis and ‘we must win’ – El Shenawy
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Caf Champions League: Al Ahly understand quality of Esperance de Tunis and ‘we must win’ – El Shenawy

The Red Devils custodian highlights the importance of achieving a positive result in Rades ahead of the second leg at home Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy has noted they understand the quality of their Caf Champions League opponents Esperance de Tunis and their focus is to reach the final. The Red Devils from Egypt will face the Tunisian giants at Hammadi Agrebi Olympic Stadium in Rades in the first-leg semi-final clash on Saturday with the return leg scheduled to be played on July 25 in Cairo. Speaking ahead of the fixture, El Shenawy, who doubles as the club’s captain, has explained the mood in camp insisting as players, they have always put their desire in retaining the title and will focus to win the two-legged tie.
Caf Champions League: Simba SC’s Bocco named best player after Kaizer Chiefs double
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Caf Champions League: Simba SC’s Bocco named best player after Kaizer Chiefs double

The towering Taifa Stars forward has been recognised by the African body after his display against the Amakhosi at Mkapa Simba SC striker John Bocco has been named the best player of the week in Caf Champions League quarter-final matches played last weekend. The towering striker was drafted back into the team to face Kaizer Chiefs after missing the quarter-final first leg clash away in South Africa where they lost 4-0 and was tasked with overturning the result. The 31-year-old did not disappoint as he almost drew level on aggregate for the Msimbazi giants at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium notching his first goal in the 24th minute, then added a second in the 56th minute and Chiefs were left on the edge in the 86th minute when Clatous Chama made it 3-0.
CAF Champions League semi-final draw confirmed
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CAF Champions League semi-final draw confirmed

The draw for this year’s CAF Champions League semi-final has been confirmed. Kaizer Chiefs play Wydad Casablanca, with the two teams having already met in the group stages. The South African side progressed despite losing 3-0 to Simba in the quarter-final second-leg clash on Saturday. Chiefs advanced to the last four for the first time in their history, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Wydad secured their place in the last four, after defeating Algerian club MC Alger 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. Wydad thumped Chiefs 4-0 in a Group C encounter at home in February 2021, but Amakhosi won the reverse fixture 1-0 in Johannesburg last month. The other semi-final tie will be between Al Ahly and Esperance, after they eliminated Mamelodi Sundowns and CR Belouzidad’s r...
Enyimba Crash Out Of CAF Champions League
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Enyimba Crash Out Of CAF Champions League

Enyimba International Football Club of Aba on Wednesday crashed out of the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League in the second preliminary round. Their elimination was in spite of recording a 2-1 home win against Sudan’s Al Merreikh in their second leg clash in Aba. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Al Merreikh progressed into the group stage 4-2 on aggregate. Saif Terry’s hat-trick had handed the visiting side a commanding 3-0 first leg triumph inside Al-Merrikh Stadium in Omdurman some days ago. Enyimba, therefore, had a difficult task of ensuring they defeated the 21-times Sudan Premier League winners by at least four unreplied goals to ensure passage to the competition’s group phase. But they were hit by another early setback after Terry put the visitors ahead barely ...
Mosimane credits Mamelodi Sundowns for Al Ahly job: I’m here because of Downs, but I worked hard for it
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Mosimane credits Mamelodi Sundowns for Al Ahly job: I’m here because of Downs, but I worked hard for it

The ex-Masandawana tactician reflects on the journey that saw him landing his first coaching job outside South Africa Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says walking to the Al Ahly dugout was “not a free passage” as he heaps praise on Downs for sprucing up his profile which led to recognition in North Africa. After joining Al Ahly in September, Mosimane reportedly snubbed Wydad Casablanca, who were said to be interested in him. Just a month after arriving in Cairo, the ex-Bafana Bafana coach won the Egyptian Premier League title, before claiming the Caf Champions League after beating traditional rivals Zamalek last Friday.
Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals get new dates
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Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals get new dates

The African inter-club competitions have been given new dates to complete their schedules The Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup are set to recommence in October after an agreement was reached by the Executive Committee of the continental governing body on Thursday. Both tournaments were suspended in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and there had not been clarity on when it was ok to resume the competition. The first legs of the Champions League semi-finals were initially set to be played on September 25 and 26, while the return legs were scheduled for October 2 and 3. The two single-leg semi-finals of the Confederation Cup were billed for September 22 and the final on September 27.  
Coronavirus: Rahimo FC get Champions League ticket as Burkina Faso league ends
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Coronavirus: Rahimo FC get Champions League ticket as Burkina Faso league ends

All football competitions in the West African nation have been cancelled following Monday's emergency meeting in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic The Burkinabe Football Federation (BFF) has announced that the 2019-20 Burkinabe Premier League season will not continue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an emergency meeting held on Monday at the BFF headquarters, president Arsjouma Sirima confirmed that football in the country will not return amid the ongoing fight against the coronavirus. As a result, the current season has been declared void with Rahimo FC to represent the country in the Caf Champions League, while Salitas will feature in the Caf Confederation Cup.
How Enyimba Crashed Out Of CAF Champions League
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How Enyimba Crashed Out Of CAF Champions League

Two-time African champions, Enyimba have failed in their bid to qualify for the CAF Champions League group stage following their 1-0 loss to Al-Hilal in Omdurman on Sunday. The People’s Elephant had shot themselves in the foot right from the first leg in Aba two weeks ago by recording a barren draw against the Sudanese side. While coach Usman Abd’Allah’s men were optimistic, they could get the needed result in Sudan to still pull through yesterday. A solitary strike in the second half by the hosts ended Enyimba’s aspirations of a possible third Champions League triumph this season. Both teams were evenly matched in the first half though the hosts had the better chances. The over reliance on solely counter attacks meant Enyimba were on the back foot for the larger part of Sun...
CAF Champions League Final: Wydad Casablanca Abandons Game After VAR Controversy
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CAF Champions League Final: Wydad Casablanca Abandons Game After VAR Controversy

It was a sad day for football in Africa as the 2019 Caf Champions League final between Es Tunis and Wydad Casablanca ended in embarrassment. The first leg had ended 1-1 at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat with the Moroccans needing an away win to emerge as champions. Fueled by a deafening noise inside Stade Olympique de Rades, Esperance took the lead in the 41st minute through Mohamed Belaili. The game came to an abrupt end after the Moroccans walked off the pitch following referee Bakary Gassama's refusal to review Walid El Karti's disallowed strike for Wydad in the 58th minute. With Wydad Casablanca failing to continue the game after more than two hours despite the intervention of Caf president Ahmad Ahmad, the Tunisians were crowned as champions. Watch the video...
Egyptian Club, Ismaily Eliminated From CAF Champions League For Violent Conduct
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Egyptian Club, Ismaily Eliminated From CAF Champions League For Violent Conduct

The Egyptian top-flight outfit will no longer participate in this season's elite club competition due to crowd violence Confederation of African Football [Caf] have have kicked Ismaily out of the Champions League owing to their fans' violent conduct in their last continental outing. The encounter between the Brazilians and Club Africain at the Ismailia Stadium was abandoned in the 86th minute after angry home supporters resorted to throwing stones and bottles at match officials and their visitors. After reviewing the events through reports submitted by the officials, Caf through its organising committee for inter-club competitions and club licensing have implented laws in article 3 of chapter 12 and article 13 of chapter 10 in the regulations of the Champions League. "If th...
Solomon Ogbeide Blames Lobi Defenders For Champions League Defeat
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Solomon Ogbeide Blames Lobi Defenders For Champions League Defeat

Lobi Stars head coach Solomon Ogbeide has called out his defenders following the CAF Champions league 3-1 first leg loss Gor Mahia of Kenya on Sunday. A brace from Samuel Onyango and Jacques Tuyisenge strike at the Moi International Sports center in Kasarani gave the Kenyans 3-1 advantage going into the second leg in Nigeria next week . Ogbeide stated that his defenders lacked concentration in the opening quarter of the game but believes the second leg will be a different ball game. “That’s football we have to look where we went wrong and make corrections. A lapse of concentration by my defenders allowed quick goals and we will make adjustments before the return match. We are hopeful for a good result in the return match. “The main problem was not on coaching, but attitude,...
Onazi Lifts Lobi with N1m Cash Incentive
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Onazi Lifts Lobi with N1m Cash Incentive

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Super Eagles midfield star Ogenyi Onazi has donated N1million gift to lift Lobi Stars ahead of today’s CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg match against UMS de Loum of Cameroon in Makurdi. The relatively unknown Cameroonians stunned Lobi Stars 1-0 in Yaounde a week ago. Onazi told SCORENigeria: “I am pleased to motivate the boys who are the pride of Benue State to win the game on Wednesday. “It is my state team and I need to do more as they progress in the tournament.” Last week, Onazi also presented cash gifts to both Kano Pillars and the Nigeria U20s, the Flying Eagles, in Abuja. Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Enugu Rangers will play away to Defence Force SC of Ethiopia. The Flying Antelopes won the first leg...
Egypt’s Al Ahly in Supremacy Battle with Esperance
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Egypt’s Al Ahly in Supremacy Battle with Esperance

Al Ahly versus Esperance CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL Femi Solaja Africa’s most decorated club side, Al Ahly of Egypt, looks set to stake its pride in the continental club competition when they play host to North African rivals, Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final. It is a battle of two of Africa’s oldest club-sides. Al Ahly was founded in 1907 while Esperance had its seeds sowed in 1919. This is the first time since 2012 that both sides will meet in the final match.. The confrontations of both teams litter the record books of African football. Across all African clubs’ competitions in the past 28 years, both teams have met 18 times with victories tilting more to Al Ahly. Even this year, they met twice in the group stage. Esperanc...
CAF Champions League: MFM FC Will Advance To First Round – Ilechukwu
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CAF Champions League: MFM FC Will Advance To First Round – Ilechukwu

MFM FC will progress to the first round of the CAF Champions League by winning the return leg against AS Real Bamako in Lagos, according to coach Fidelis Ilechukwu. MFM were forced to a 1-1 draw by the Malians on Sunday. “With our fans behind us, I am convinced we would finish up the job at the Agege Stadium,” declared coach Ilechukwu. “The away goal is a big plus for us ahead of the second leg, but I’m sure the opponent would also believe they can get something out of the match. “We are glad with the result but with time I am sure we would get it right and start winning away from home even on the continent.” He further said: “We came out strong right from the blast of the whistle and we were rewarded with an early goal. “It was our strategy to try and score first then ke...
I Was Harassed By Eding SC Fans In Cameroon ―Boboye
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I Was Harassed By Eding SC Fans In Cameroon ―Boboye

Head Coach of Nigerian champions Plateau United, Kennedy Boboye, who is fresh from Yaounde, Cameroon, has revealed that it was a sour experience for him after he was harassed by fans of the CAF Champions League opponents, Eding Sports Club of Cameroon. Speaking exclusively to AOIFootball.com in Abuja, Boboye explained that he was in Cameroon to spy on Eding SC as his team will face them in the first round of this year’s Champions League, but was met with harassment and hostile reception from fans of the club. “It was a hostile reception in Cameroon. It clearly showed me what to expect when we play the team in the return leg as we will host them first. I was watching a friendly game involving the team and another Cameroonian team. I was sitting quietly among the fans, only for about t...
Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca Srowned African Champions
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Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca Srowned African Champions

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco became African champions for a second time when they defeated Al Ahly of Egypt 1-0 Saturday in the second leg of the CAF Champions League final. Walid El Karty nodded the lone goal on 69 minutes to give the home team a 2-1 aggregate triumph after they forced a 1-1 draw in Egyptian coastal city Alexandria last weekend. Achraf Bencharki, who equalised in the first leg, set up the goal with a deflected cross for El Karty to score his third goal of the competition. Victory bridged a 25-year gap for Wydad, who conquered Africa for the first time in 1992 when they defeated Al Hilal of Sudan in the African Cup of Champions Clubs. The name of the premier African club competition changed to the CAF Champions League in 1997 when a new format and prize money were ...
Etoile Du Sahel Sack Coach Hubert Velud
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Etoile Du Sahel Sack Coach Hubert Velud

Despite leading the Tunisian giants Etoile Sportive du Sahel to the CAF Champions League semifinals, coach Hubert Velud has been sacked by the club. Sahel made the decision after the club lost 6-2 (7-4 aggregate) in the second leg in Alexandria on Sunday as they crashed out of the tournament. The 58-year-old watched in horror as the Cairo giants ripped them apart at the Borg El Arab Stadium to reach the finals for the first time since 2013. Before leading Etoile, Velud coached the Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Mazembe for a season and lifted the CAF Confederations Cup last year. The French-born ex-goalkeeper was shown the door earlier this year for failing to qualify the Ravens to the group stage of the CAF Champions League.
Plateau United Plan To Train In Seychelles For CAF Champions League
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Plateau United Plan To Train In Seychelles For CAF Champions League

Coach Kennedy Boboye has said NPFL champions Plateau United have submitted a proposal to train in the island-country of Seychelles as part of their build-up for next year’s CAF Champions League. Boboye led Plateau United to make history with a first-ever NPFL title this past season, but the Jos club are not leaving anything to chance to ensure they do well on their Champions League debut. “We have had a meeting during which we considered an overseas camping site. We looked at Portugal, Ghana and Seychelles and we agreed that Seychelles is a calm place and there will be no distraction,” he said. “It will be the best option for us. “We will prepare early so as to do well in the Champions League.” Incidentally, Nigeria are drawn in the same qualifying group with Seychelles for ...
CAF ‘Think Tank’ To Mull Nations Cup Changes
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CAF ‘Think Tank’ To Mull Nations Cup Changes

New-look Africa Cup of Nations and CAF Champions League competitions could emerge this week from discussions in Morocco that will include FIFA president Gianni Infantino. A two-day CAF symposium begins Tuesday in Rabat and officials, coaches and former stars have been tasked with plotting the future of the popular sport in the continent. On Friday, a CAF executive committee meeting will precede an extraordinary general assembly involving the 55 member associations, where changes could be adopted. Former stars invited include Joseph-Antoine Bell of Cameroon, Hossam Hassan of Egypt, Rabah Madjer of Algeria, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha of Nigeria and Badou Zaki of Morocco. Leading national coaches Florent Ibenge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Herve Renard of Morocco and Claude l...
FIFA Suspends Sudan Football Association
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FIFA Suspends Sudan Football Association

The world football governing body, FIFA, has suspended the Sudan Football Association (SFA) starting from July 6. “We are obliged to inform you that the SFA is suspended in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council,” said part of the letter, addressed to the SFA General Secretary Magdi Shams Eldin and signed by the FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura. The letter also made it clear that the suspension meant Sudan lost all its membership rights, as defined in article 13 of the FIFA statues. “The Sudan Football Association representative and club teams are no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted,” the letter added. The development means Sudan’s top sides Al Merreikh and Al Hilal Omdurman, that were meant t...
CAF Champions League: Rivers United Attacked In Sudan
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CAF Champions League: Rivers United Attacked In Sudan

One of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Champions League Rivers United have alleged that they were attacked on Friday by fans of Sudanese club Al Merreikh. This happened ahead of their Round of 32 second leg fixture in Omdurman on Saturday. Rivers hold a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Port Harcourt last week. The club in a statement on Friday said they will write to CAF to protest the attack on their players and officials. According to the statement by the club’s spokesman, Sammy Wejinya, the Rivers’ contingent were pelted with various objects as they headed for training at the Al-Merrikh Stadium. The statement said an official of the club, Bright Ogude, was injured after an object thrown by the fans hit him in the face. “This is unacceptable. We treated them very well w...
Ex-super Eagles Coach Christian Chukwu Named New Manager Of Enugu Rangers
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Ex-super Eagles Coach Christian Chukwu Named New Manager Of Enugu Rangers

BREAKING: Super Eagles Coach Christian Chukwu is Named the new manager OF CHAMPIONS ENUGU RANGERS Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has been appointed general manager and chief executive of champions Rangers with immediate effect. This followed Monday afternoon's fact-finding meeting between Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with the board, management, players, supporters club and other stakeholders of Rangers. After this revealing parley, the governor announced the appointment of the former captain and coach Rangers ‘Chairman’ Chukwu as the new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the club. He takes over from Paul Ozor Chibuzor, who has led the team for about 10 years. The rest of the management has also been affected by this order from the Governor. ...
Enugu Rangers To Start Production Of Rangers Bread
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Enugu Rangers To Start Production Of Rangers Bread

Rangers International FC, Enugu has revealed that it will start rolling out its branded bread called “Rangers Bread’’ and other flour confectionery products in Enugu metropolis. Rangers’ Marketing Manager, Ignatius Okafor, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. Okafor said that the move was meant to shoring-up the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the club to prosecute a successful 2016/2017 football season. He noted that the branded bread and other confectioneries from the club would be sold at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu during matches as snacks to spectators. “The nutritious Rangers bread and other confectioneries will also be sold daily to the teeming fans of Rangers residing within Enugu metropolis and its outskirt for a start. “And...
Kelechi Iheanacho’s Manager Donates Football Jerseys To Enugu Rangers (Pictures)
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Kelechi Iheanacho’s Manager Donates Football Jerseys To Enugu Rangers (Pictures)

Enugu State Indigene based in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Manager/best friend to Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City striker), Kingsley Okechukwu Ogbodo this afternoon donated 50 footballs, 36 bibs and 30 jerseys to Enugu Rangers International Football Club to support the club and in appreciation of its recent victory as the Nigerian Professional Football League Champions as well as to motivate the team to win the forthcoming CAF Champions League. Receiving the items on behalf of the club at the Government House, Enugu, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi thanked the donor for his gesture towards the progress of Enugu Rangers and the State. The governor described Ogbodo as a good ambassador of the state and called on other indigenes to emulate his disposition by contributing to the development ...

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