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    African football aligns its calendar but has nowhere to play

    The 2019 African Champions League has already begun, just a fortnight after Esperance won the 2018 edition. The 2019 tournament will also be squeezed into six months, with a May final, so that from then on African football will align its calendar to the European one.

    Where this will be noticed most is in next year's Cup of Nations, which will be played in June/July instead of its usual window in Jan/Feb. This will mean the top African stars not having to leave European clubs during the season (good news for Liverpool among others). However, the very existence of that event has been thrown into doubt today as the CAF announced that Cameroon are no longer going to be allowed to host it, after concerns about preparedness. At short notice, South Africa might be the only country who can step in - Morocco may bid, but the CAF are still upset with them for pulling out of hosting 2015. If South Africa decline (and they haven't qualified yet) there must be a chance the finals won't take place after all.
    Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 30-11-2018, 14:03.

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    They could always move the whole tournament to the Bernabeu.

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      #3
      Bring it to the UK. That would be great.

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        #4
        They've announced Egypt as hosts. Probably worth a few quid on them to win it on that basis.

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          The truncated 2018-19 Champions League has reached the quarter-final stage, with the continent's Real Madrid, Al-Ahly, up against Mamelodi Sundowns in the round's biggest tie. Many of the usual suspects - Esperance from Tunis, Wydad Casablanca, and TP Mazembe from Lubumbashi, are there too, as are Horoya Conakry, Simba from Dar-es-Salaam and newcomers CS Constantine from Algeria. Constantine are in their first Champions League and came through an interesting group marred by Al-Ismaily's expulsion for their fans throwing rocks at a linesman in their match against Club Africain de Tunis.

          Sundowns' route to the last eight began with the defeat of Equatorial Guinea's champions, the Vegetarian Lions.
          Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 24-03-2019, 10:08.

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            https://youtu.be/y8zwPYa_Fb8

            Mamelodi Sundowns absolutely tore Al-Ahly to pieces in their quarter final first leg 5-0, the Egyptians' heaviest ever defeat in continental football. And as the brief highlights show, it could easily have been worse.

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