South Africa is the first country to publicly express interest in hosting one of this season’s African club competition finals.
South Africa’s Football Association acting chief executive, Gay Mokoena says they have approached several municipal authorities to see whether they would be interested in hosting either the Champions League final on 29 May or the Confederation Cup final on 24 May.
Mokoena told local reporters that they would put a bid together if one of the country’s cities was interested, although they has less than two days left to do so.
Last week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) opened the bidding process for the two finals. A letter to all national associations said the bidding documents were due by 20 February.
Details must include training facilities to be made available, accommodation plans and a government guarantee.
CAF is expecting the hosts to pick up the costs around the games.
This is the first time that the two finals would be hosted as a single match after decades of being played home and away over two legs.
It was a surprise decision made by CAF president Ahmad and his executive committee last year without regard to historical precedent, ironically first displayed in Johannesburg just over a quarter-century ago.
CAF hosted both the African Super Cup in 1994 and 1995 on neutral turf but very quickly abandoned the idea after both games were marred by public disinterest.
The 1994 Super Cup pitted Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek at Soccer City in Johannesburg. It is a fixture that easily fills the 60 000-capacity Cairo International Stadium but there were barely 1 000 supporters at the cavernous South African stadium, leaving Egyptians astonished and aghast.
The next year in Alexandria, when Tunisia’s Esperance beat Daring Club Motema Pembe of the then Zaire, it was again characterised by swath of empty seats.
After this, the Super Cup was always played at the home ground of the winner of the Champions League until last year when it was moved to Qatar.
There is already a long standing apathy towards African club competitions from South African fans, who rarely turn out to watch their local clubs compete in the two annual competitions.
South African stadiums were largely empty, except when the home team played, when the country hosted both the 1996 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Rangers’ Forward Recounts Poor Continental Performance
Enugu Rangers forward, Ibrahim Olawoyin has recounted his team’s disappointing loss against Al Masry of Egypt in the group stages of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup.
It was a poor performance from Rangers at the Alexandria Stadium after losing their opening fixture against Pyramids FC.
The Flying Antelopes failed to come to the party and subsequently fell to a 4-2 loss against the Egyptian.
Goals from Austin Amutu, Ahmed Yasser, Muftah Taktak and Hassan Ali ensured the Coal City club left Egypt empty-handed, but Eziekwe Chinoso’s effort and Saidou Simpore’s own goal made the scoreline more respectable.
Rangers would then go on to pick a paltry three points from their subsequent four games and ultimately exited the competition in the group stage.
Three months later, Olawoyin has expressed his disappointment at the defeat, insisting his side gave up a good fight.
The former Abia Warriors winger, in a video clip posted on Twitter, also highlighted his overall contribution to the game.
NNL To Wait For NPFL’s Decision
Ex-international and Chairman of Nigeria National League side, Kogi United, Abdul Sule has stated that the decision on the status of the Nigeria National League which has been on hold since December 2019 after just five and four games respectively will largely be dependent on some of the decisions taken by the topflight league.
Sule speaking in a chat with brila.net said the incidents of the Covid-19 induced break coupled with the league that has been hold means it remains clearly uncertain when the league will resume, how the league will run and whether the second tier league will be played.
“We know it’s going to take time for the Corona virus thing to disappear but also it depend on the Nigeria Premier league, we have to follow the status quo. We have to see what the Nigeria Premier league will do. Are they going to stop the league and start afresh?”
Obuh Against Plans To Slash NPFL Players’ Salaries
Former Akwa United Coach, John Obuh, has stated that it would be unfair for teams in the NPFL to be thinking of slashing the salaries of the players in the league because of coronavirus.
The former Flying Eagles handler seems not too cool with the news that some NPFL Clubs have slashed and some are planning to reduce the salaries of their players due to the COVID-19 induced break.
Obuh’s reaction was timely with a resolution of the committee signed by Yobe Deserts chairman, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan that the monthly allowance of the players and technical crew of the main team was reduced by 75% while the Feeder and Under 15 teams would receive 50% of their monthly allowances.
In a chat with brila.net, Obuh asked if the clubs in the Nigerian professional football league pay their players well in the first place before considering a pay cut.
“Some clubs don’t even pay these guys during breaks, now you want to go into the idea of a pay cut, pay cut of how much? How much are you paying the players before talking of pay cut? Obuh fumed!”
Obuh also said most of the NPFL clubs have terrible welfare packages for their players, and sometimes don’t treat the boys as the asset they are.
Sports activities including the domestic league in the country was earlier suspended by the government as part of measure to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
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