CAF CL Reaction From Bamako, Mali
Posted: 30 April 2021
The Confederations of African Football (CAF) today held it’s draw for the quarterfinals of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup.
Two South African clubs in the premium competition, Mamelodi Sundowns FC and first-timers Kaizer Chiefs were among the names in the hat, while regulars and hot-shot favourites Al Ahly were part of the draw.
However, the pick of the tie are nine-time Champions Ah Ahly SC and South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns FC. It is by no surprise that this fixture brings so much emotions into it, and The Beautiful Game’s African Award-winning Football Correspondent Baba Mali Traore gives his reaction, saying;
“Sundowns et Ah Ahly ne sont en aucun cas la finale avant la finale oui? (Sundowns and Ah Ahly are by no means the final before the final yes?) There is much riding on this game my friend.
“Ahly have former Sundowns boss, we know his emotional attachment to them but he has a job to do oui? Will he be ready mentally because tactically he has good players.
“C’est un gros avantage qu’il joue au match aller en Afrique du Sud (It’s a big advantage that he plays first leg in South Africa) – but football is very funny Monsieur Karabo huh? I am excited, happy, and looking forward to see you in South Africa for that game my friend,” concluded Baba Mali.
The quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League is as follows;
Al Ahly vs Mamelodi Sundowns
MC Alger vs Wydad Athletic Club
CR Belouizdad vs Esperance de Tunis
Kaizer Chiefs vs Simba Sports Club
The first legs of the ties will be played on the 14/15 of May, which is effectively in a fortnight.
Selebalo Karabo Phasha and Baba Mali Traore, South Africa and Mali.