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Enyimba, Remo Stars among home sides seeking reverse upsets in Champions League 2nd legs



After a highly entertaining opening round of the CAF Champions League 1st Preliminary Round, clubs are preparing for yet another action-packed weekend of African club football.

The opening round saw some interesting results and upsets this past weekend, setting up another round of ties that fans of the African game can look forward to.

After holding on to a narrow 1-0 victory in Ghana, Medeama SC travel to Nigeria with a slim advantage ahead of their return leg with Remo Stars at the Remo Stars Stadium in Ikenne.

In Zambia, Power Dynamos host Namibia’s African Stars after a 2-1 first leg loss in Soweto.

Dynamos will not only be looking at getting a result at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, but also aiming at getting a confidence boosting win ahead of their start to the Zambian Premier League next week.


A match to certainly look forward to this weekend is without a doubt Al Ahli Benghazi’s trip to Aba in Nigeria where they will face Enyimba.

The two sides produced one of the most electrifying high-scoring fixtures last weekend that concluded in a 4-3 victory for the Libyan’s who will have their work cut out in Aba.

Moving over to Cote d’Ivoire, TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 hosting venue, Yamoussoukro Stadium plays host to Asec Mimosas against Coton Sport of Benin.

The two sides played out to a goalless draw in the first leg, paving the way for another tightly contested match where both sides will be going all out for the result.

In the northern parts of the continent, Tunisian giants, Etoile du Sahel travel to the Chahid Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine, Algeria with a 2-0 cushion to face CS Constantine.


While the Tunisians carry somewhat of a comfortable lead, the hosts will be buoyed by the highly vocal fans of Constantine who are known to create an intimidating atmosphere in their full voice.

A similar uphill task awaits Uganda’s Vipers SC, who will be aiming at reversing a 2-0 loss suffered at the hands of Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy last weekend.

Fortunately for The Venoms, they will be at their St Mary’s Stadium home base in Kampala which should give them a slight advantage.

Further down the continent, former champions (1995) Orlando Pirates welcomes Comoros’ Djabal FC with a slender 1-0 advantage following a successful trip to the Islanders last weekend.



CAF Champions League Fixtures | 24 – 27 August:

Thursday, 24 August 2023

  • Gaadiidka 0-2 APR FC

Friday, 25 August

  • Bumamuru 5-1 CS de Bendje
  • Al Merrikh SC 0-0 AS Otoho
  • Orlando Pirates 4-0 Djabal FC

Saturday, 26 August

  • Power Dynamos vs African Stars
  • Green Mamba vs UD do Songo
  • Etoile du Sahel vs SC Constantine
  • AS Far vs ASKO De Kara
  • Young Africans vs ASAS Djibouti
  • Vipers SC vs Jwaneng Galaxy FC

Sunday, 27 August

  • Generation Foot vs Haifa FC
  • LISCR FC vs Bo Rangers FC
  • Remo Stars FC vs Medeama SC
  • Saint George SC vs KMKM SC
  • FCB Nyasa Big Bullets vs Dragon FC
  • Enyimba vs Al Ahli Benghazi
  • Asec Mimosas vs Coton Sport Benin
  • Coton Sport FC de Garoua vs AS Real De Bamako
  • Al Ahli Tripoli vs FC Nouadhibou
  • AS Vita Club vs CD Primeiro de Agosto

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

CAF Champions League

Ahly crowned champions of Africa for record-extending 12th title



Ahly’s Mohamed Elshenawy holds aloft the CAF Champions League trophy after a 1-0 defeat of Tunisia’s Esperance at the Cairo International Stadium.

The Egyptians have again scored a remarkable double, winning both the CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League.

Serial champions, Al Ahly have once again reigned supreme as kings of African club football, following their CAF Champions League final 1-0 win over Tunisia’s Esperance Sportive de Tunis at a packed to the rafters Cairo International Stadium on Saturday evening.

Their victory follows that of their rival Cairo club, Zamalek who the week before won the CAF Confederation Cup. Thus, the Super Cup will be an all-Cairo and Egypt tussle.

Saturday’s win was the Al Ahly’s  12th  CAF Champions League title and the fourth time they are lifting the continent’s most prestigious title in succession – a feat that rubber stamps their authority as African football club kings.

The win on Saturday also marks 20  CAF Champions League matches without a loss for the champions. They also finish the campaign with the best defensive record, with just a single goal conceded in this season.


Following a goalless stalemate in Rades last week, the Egyptians with the backing of a highly vocal Cairo International Stadium went into the clash with a slight advantage over the four-time African champions who have been in desperate search for an elusive fifth title since 2019.

Ahly’s only goal of the match came courtesy of an unfortunate own goal by Roger Aholou after a header by Ramy Moustafa came off the inside of defender’s leg to beat young goalkeeper, Amenallah Memmiche in the 4th minute.

Played at an electrifying pace under the Cairo stars, both sides had an equal go at each other throughout the encounter, with attack after attack being thwarted by equally solid defending.

A glaring chance for Esperance came in the 52nd minute when TKA’s low drive almost caught Mostafa Shobeir off guard, who was fortunate to see the strike go inches wide.

The Tunisians, with momentum on their side almost levelled matters just after the hour mark after the Brazilian duo of Yan Sasse and Rodrigo Silva concluded with Sasse striking a beautiful curler that went just wide off target.


Ahly almost doubled their lead when Emam Ashour dribbled past two defenders to unleash a potent strike that was fisted away by the keeper.

Coming on to bring in his experience, the ever-green Afsha almost made it two in the 87th minute with a well taken free kick that came off the bar in what could have been a wonder strike by the marksman.

It eventually ended 1-0 in favour of the club of the century who were crowned champions of Africa once again in front of their home fans in Cairo.

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CAF Champions League Final in Cairo sold out in two hours!



The CAF Champions League second leg Final between Al Ahly and Espérance Sportive de Tunis in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday 25 May 2024 was sold out in two hours paving a way for what is expected to be a thrilling finale between two of Africa’s biggest Clubs.

The match will kick off at 20h00 in Cairo (17h00 GMT).

The huge demand for the match underscores the ever growing interest in African Club Football and has necessitated CAF together with the Host Club, Al Ahly to strengthen Safety and Security plans in and around the Cairo International Stadium.

Over 90 countries will watch the Final in different parts of the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Europe, America and South Pacific. 

Football supporters from all over the world will be able to watch the final in their language and on several CAF platforms.


Leading the global broadcasters are CAF’s traditional partners: beIN Sport (MENA, Europe, America, South Pacific), Canal+ and New World TV.

In Africa, a number of free-to-air broadcasters will show the Final including SABC, Azam Media, AfroSport and many others.

Al Ahly are unbeaten in their last 19 CAF Champions League matches (W12 D7), keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding just three goals.

Espérance Sportive de Tunis are unbeaten in their last five CAF Champions League knockout round matches without conceding (W2 D3); they last kept six consecutive clean sheets in such matches in October 2012.

Espérance Sportive de Tunis will be looking to win the competition for the first time since 2019, when they beat Wydad AC to secure a second consecutive title.


Al Ahly will be looking to make it 11 successes for Egyptian sides in the CAF Champions League final (more than twice as many as other nation), while Espérance Sportive de Tunis can secure Tunisia their fifth success in the competition, which will be the outright second-most.

For the final, fans can start engaging and being a part of the ongoing conversation using #TotalEnergiesCAFCL.

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BREAKING: CAF adopts Yoruba name, “Ola” for official match ball!



Confederation of African Football, CAF, has adopted a Nigerian language name of its official match ball for the interclubs competitions. Ahead of this weekend’s blockbuster line-up that sees Africa’s top clubs battle for  CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League top honours, the confederation and its matchball producers, PUMA have unveiled a new match ball called “OLA.”

 In a press statement, CAF explains that “OLA,” means “wealth,” “honour,” and “respect” in Yoruba, and “rise” and “success” in Arabic. It explained that the name was chosen to symbolize the dynamic and energetic nature of African football.

Embodying the spirit of Africa, Ola’s design is inspired by the continent’s vibrant colours, art, and traditions.

OLA will be used this weekend – starting in Tunis when Espérance Sportive de Tunis hosts Al Ahly of Egypt in the first leg of the  CAF Champions League Final and on Sunday when Zamalek hosts RS Berkane in the second leg of the  CAF Confederation Cup final at the Cairo International Stadium. 

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