The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed the three official bids submitted in relation to hosting the 2019/2020 Champions League final, and also the lone bid launched for the Confederation Cup
Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) under the leadership of Prince Seydou Mbombouo Njoya officially submitted a bid to host the finals of the CAF Champions League. The modern Japoma Stadium in the city of Douala was summited to CAF to host the event
The format of the CAF Champions League final has changed this season where the winner is decided through only one game.
The final is set to take place on 29 May as the venue for the game is yet to be determined by CAF.
It was rumored that Rwanda, along with Morocco and Tunisia, has bid to host the final of the most prestigious African club competition. However, and contrary to initial reports, it was confirmed that Cameroon, Morocco, and Tunisia are the official bidders.
The battle to host the final will be between Cameroon’s Japoma Stadium, Mohammed V Sports Stadium in Morocco and Tunisia’s Rades Olympic Stadium.
Meanwhile, the only bid submitted for the Confederation Cup final was from Morocco, specifically Moulay Abdellah Sports Stadium in Rabat.
“A final decision is expected to be made by the CAF Emergency Committee on 12 March 2020,” CAF stated.
Cameroon Japoma Stadium
The Japoma Stadium, (official name), is located in the locality in Douala a city of legendary Albert Roger Millar. It is an ultra-modern 50,000-capacity all-seater stadium which also has a basketball court, handball, volleyball and tennis courts, an Olympic swimming pool of 8 lanes, conference centers, commercial centers, a four-star luxury hotel and a parking lot.
Construction work started on the 21 February 2017 by a Turkish Company Yenigün Construction Industry approximately 3 years that this ultra-modern stadium was constructed.
This complex is designed for national and international competitions as well as training and leisure. The design approach is to deliver an architecturally distinctive complex that meets the relevant international regulations while reflecting the richness of the cultural heritage. The bright colors and the bold patterns of the local culture are converted to the main design elements of the complex.
With the Modern stadium ready for use for the CHAN 2020 build from April, Cameroon football federation will be hoping CAF selects the Beautiful Japoma stadium to stage the finals of the Caf champions league
Morocco Mohammed V Sports Stadium Casablanca
Morocco Stade-Mohammed Stadium is situated in the heart of the city of Casablanca, Morocco, in the western part of the Maârif neighborhood. It was inaugurated March 6, 1955, with a capacity of 30 00 seats. Later it was renovated in July 2017 and currently has a capacity of 67,000.
The complex has the stadium itself, an indoor gymnasium with a 12,000 capacity, an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a 3,000 capacity, a media center of 650 m², a conference room, a meeting room, a care center, and an anti-doping center. Often hosting the games of the Morocco national football team, the Mohammed V Stadium is equally known as the home of Wydad Casablanca and Raja Casablanca. It is named after King Mohammed V of Morocco.
With all this quality, the morocco football federation will be hoping CAF gives them the opportunity to stage the finals of the CAF Champions League
Tunisia Rades Olympic Stadium
Stade de Rades, also known as Stade Olympique de Rades, got built to serve as the flagship venue for the 2001 Mediterranean Games and has a capacity of 60 000 seats. Stade de Rades is located in the Rades area in the south-east of the city of Tunis at roughly 11 kilometers from Tunis city center and 20 kilometers from the Carthage / Sidi Bou Said coastal area in the north-east of the city.
The stadium officially opened on 6 July 2001 with the Cup Final between Hammam and Sahel (1-0), and subsequently became the home of ES Tunis, who moved to the new ground from Stade El Menzah, though they still regularly play at their old ground.
In 2010, Stade de Rades hosted the French Super Cup Final between Olympique Marseille and PSG (0-0).
Stade de Rades is also the regular playing venue of the Tunisia national team and is used by other teams such as Club Africain for high-profile games.
Tunisia will be hoping CAF chose one of their most beautiful stadia to host the finals of the CAF Champions League
Cairo Derby drama has roots !!!
The accelerating events of the last two nights in Cairo … have ancient roots, which we explain in details here
It started with the EFA announcing that the draw for the 2019/2020 season fixtures will not be seeded like previous seasons and Al-Ahly and Zamalek game may be in any week , not the last week as usual … Draw resulted in fixing the match in W4 of the competition!
However, the match was postponed due to Al-Ahly and Zamalek’s CAF appointments .. Al-Ahly had issued an official statement announcing that they would not play any games before confronting Zamalek !!
However, it was not possible to determine a date soon for the postponed match, which prevented playing the game. Al-Ahly had to play its matches after the Minister of Sports went to visit Al-Ahly’s president to persuade him to play the matches that Al-Ahly announced abstaining , was against Mokawlon SC.
EFA then postponed all league matches until the end of AFCON U23 Championship, on the pretext that the Egyptian team needed to gather a month before the championship !!!
After the tournament, EFA fixed February 24th for the postponed match from of W4 .. i.e it will be played at the end of the first round of EPL as usual !!!
At that time, it was not known to anyone which teams will qualify from the group stage to the CAF QF or its fixtures of the continental Champions League !!
After Zamalek and Al-Ahly qualified for the quarter-finals and the date for the African Super Cup was decided, the situation became as follows :-
Zamalek should play the African Super Cup against Tunisia’s Esperance in Qatar on February 14th, then the Egyptian Super Cup against Al-Ahly in Emirates on February 20th, then return to Cairo on 22th to play the W4 Egyptian League match against Al-Ahly on 24 !!!! Before facing Esperance again in the Champions League on the 28th of the same month, then would travel to Tunisia to face Esperance again on 5 or 6 March !!!!!
What mind that binds a team of human players with all these derby class games in two weeks time !!!
We may disagree a lot with the controversial president of Zamalek, but if we place ourselves in the decision-making position, we will not find a way without going off-course!
Therefore, the drama that took place yesterday in the Cairo derby game was an extension of the contradictions and the lack of a future vision for the temporary administration of EFA !
CAF Champions League 2020: Standing After Round 5 Games
Round 5 games of CAFs champions league were played between the 24th and 26th January and the big guns of African football maintain dominion in the various groups as demonstrated in the following lines by the standings:
TP Mazembe 🇨🇩 11pts (+5) ●
Zamalek SC 🇪🇬 8pts (+1) ●
Primeiro Agosto 🇦🇴 3pts (-3)
ZESCO United 🇿🇲 3pts (-3)
Al Ahly SC 🇪🇬 10pts (+3)
Etoile Sahel 🇹🇳 9pts (+3)
Al Hilal Club 🇸🇩 9pts (+1)
FC Platinum 🇿🇼 1pt. (-7)
Mamelodi Sundowns 🇿🇦 11pts (+5) ●
Wydad AC 🇲🇦 9pts (+5) ●
Petro Atletico 🇦🇴 3pts (-6)
USM Alger 🇩🇿 2pts (-4)
Espérance Tunis 🇹🇳 11pts (+5) ●
Raja Casablanca 🇲🇦 8pts (+1) ●
AS Vita Club 🇨🇩 4pts (-1)
JS Kabylie 🇩🇿 4pts (-5)
After several nominations , Nuttall leads Rollers FC
Finally , and after several nominations for some big clubs and national African teams , the Scottish Coach Frank Nuttall was presented this morning as the head coach for the Botswana giants Township Rollers FC
The Britishman was recently linked to several vacant spots in some African National teams like Zambia and Zimbabwe , other than big clubs in Central and west africa
The new Rollers coach announced today that he will do his best to win all available titles with the team with a close eye to the CAF group stage stroke
Fans of the Botswana Rivals are hoping the White Wizard takes them back to CAF games
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