Bloemfontein Celtic with cash gave South Africa an advantage over Africa by sending reserves to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the first round of the CAF Confederation qualifying round this weekend.
Celtic will fight Congolese league leader AS Maniema Union in the remote central city of Kindu, while the first team will stay at home and prepare for the MTN8 final against the Orlando Pirates on December 10th.
The knockout competition in South Africa for the top eight in the previous league offers a prize for all winners of eight million rand (525,000 USD / 440,000 euros).
Clubs competing in the Confederations Cup – the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League – must survive three two-legged qualifying rounds before cash winnings enter the group stage game.
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Celtic climbed out of the relegation zone from the South African Premiership with a 1-0 home win over the Black Leopards thanks to a goal by captain Ndumis Mabena in the early second half.
Bloemfontein’s clothing has started the season mixed under the leadership of Malawian coach John Maduka – she is excellent at MTN8 but is fighting in the league.
They shocked Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United to secure a final date with the Pirates, but they took just one point out of a possible 12 before the Leopards jumped out.
Warming-up victories over South Sudan and Libyan club Al Ahly Tripoli boosted PWD Bamenda of Cameroon as they prepare for a fabulous CAF debut in the Champions League on Sunday against Kaizer Chiefs.
In four seasons, the club has climbed from fourth grade to first, but for safety reasons will have to host South African clothing 355 kilometers (220 miles) from Bamenda in the southwestern city of Limbe.
“We are proud champions of Cameroon and this season we intend to go very far in Africa,” boasted captain and midfielder Louis Mbah.
The match for the CAF Super Cup 2020 between the holder of the title of the Champions League Al Ahly or Zamalek from Egypt and the winner of the Confederations Cup of Morocco Renaissance Berkane will be held in Cairo, the organizers said.
No date has been announced for the one-off match, which Qatar staged in 2019 and 2020 to “expand interest in the match,” according to a Confederate African Football official.
Ahly has lifted the Super Cup a record six times, but the latest winner was Zamalek, who beat Esperance Tunisia 3-1 in Doha in February last year.
German coach Ernst Middendorp left Ethiopian giant Saint George just a month after a three-year contract to join South African fighters Maritzburg United after two previous stays with them.
Former South African midfielder Eric Tinkler was sacked by Maritzburg this week after four defeats from the start of the season left the club’s bottom of the league table.
The 62-year-old German moved to Ethiopia from South Africa only last month after Kaizer Chiefs fired him for finishing the championship runner-up after finishing 28 of 30 rounds at the top of the table.
Sudanese club Al Hilal will participate for a record 34th time in the CAF Champions League when they meet the hosts Vipers SC from Uganda in the first round of the round on Saturday.
Hilal first competed in an elite African club competition 54 years ago, and has played in every edition since 2004, reaching the semifinals four times.
The record-breaking eight-time Champions League winner Al Ahly of Egypt is second behind Hilal, as he will enroll 32nd in December after receiving a farewell from the final 32 rounds.
Chamber national team coach Amir Abdou has signed a two-year contract with Mauritania champions FC coach Nouadhibou, assisted by Tunisian Wissem Maaref.
Abdou, born in Marseille, got his first senior club seat after the Chambers secured a place in the African Cup of Nations for the first time.
The island nation needs one point from a home game against Togo next March to record first place in Group G and qualify for the 24-team tournament in Cameroon.
Libyan clubs Al Ahly Benghazi and Al Ittihad, who cannot host CAF club formations due to violence in the oil-rich North African country, have chosen Egypt as their ‘home from home’.
They both play Saturday in Cairo, Benghazi meets Mekelle 70 Endert of Ethiopia in the Champions League and Ittihad fights Horseed of Somalia in the Confederations Cup.
Libya’s second Champions League club, Al Nasr, hosts CR Belouizdad from Algeria, while Al Ahly Tripoli holds the Confederations Cup until the final 32 stages.
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