- A touching tribute, file-extending champions, trophy returns to Egypt
- Top-scorer exits on the quarter-finals, two fantastic targets in the decider
- A champion with 4 coaches, Mosimane emulates El Gohary’s feat
The 2019/2020 CAF Champions League was distinctive. After the Covid-19 pandemic halted soccer not solely in Africa however the world over, the competitors was suspended from March to October.
The event then resumed in exceptional circumstances throughout which matches have been performed behind closed doorways, and in the end it was Al Ahly of Egypt who emerged victorious to claim the ninth title in their historical past. FIFA.com takes a glance again on the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League.
Road to Qatar 2020
Al Ahly kicked off their 2019/20 CAF Champions League marketing campaign in the preliminary spherical by thrashing South Sudan’s Atlabara 13-0 on combination. The Red Devils then moved into the group stage after overcoming Kano Sport of Equatorial Guinea 6-0 on combination in the primary spherical. They subsequently secured a spot in the quarter-finals by ending second in their group behind Etoile du Sahel in a bit that additionally featured Platinum of Zimbabwe and Sudan’s Al Hilal.
In the final eight, Al Ahly took on 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns, prevailing 2-0 in Cairo earlier than drawing 1-1 in Pretoria. The Cairo giants then confronted Wydad Casablanca, registering a 2-0 win away from house earlier than successful 3-1 in Cairo to cruise into the ultimate towards their arch-rivals Zamalek.
In a touching tribute, Al Ahly captain Mohamed El Shenawy handed the trophy to his staff-mate Moamen Zakaria to carry it to the sky. Zakaria is affected by a uncommon illness that has stored him away from the sport for a year and half.
Title eludes groups from the Maghreb for first time since 2016
The CAF CL title lastly eluded sides from the Maghreb area after groups from there had received it the three earlier years. Wydad Casablanca beat Al Ahly in 2017 earlier than ES Tunis triumphed in 2018 and 2019, earlier than Al Ahly broke that run this year by claiming their first title since 2013.
Zamalek miss out
Having did not claim their sixth title, Zamalek missed out on the possibility to develop into the second most profitable staff in CAF Champions League historical past. As it stands, Zamalek share second place with TP Mazembe on 5 titles behind Al Ahly who prolonged their lead as probably the most topped membership in Africa.
Al Ahly and Zamalek maintain quarter of the titles
Between them, the 2 Cairo-based golf equipment have lifted 14 of 56 CAF Champions League trophies which implies they’ve bagged 1 / 4 of the titles because the competitors started.
Mosimane emulates El Gohary’s feat
Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane made historical past after he received the CAF Champions League with two totally different groups; in 2016 with Mamelodi Sundowns and in 2020 with Al Ahly. He thus emulates the feat of Mahmoud El Gohary who claimed the title with Al Ahly in 1982 after which with Zamalek in 1993.
Four coaches en path to glory
For the primary time, Al Ahly received the title with 4 totally different coaches at totally different phases of the event. The Red Devils began the event with Martin Lasarte on the helm for the primary leg towards Atlabara earlier than Mohamed Yousef took cost in the second leg. Rene Weiler was head coach towards Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals earlier than Mosimane was appointed proper earlier than the semi-finals.
The event noticed a number of stars showcase their aim-scoring prowess. Although Etoile du Sahel’s marketing campaign ended on the quarter-finals, their Algerian striker Karim Aribi emerged because the event’s prime scorer with ten targets to his identify. This was even though he performed three fewer video games than the strikers of Zamalek and Al Ahly (the semi-finals and the ultimate). Aribi’s feat earned him a transfer to Nimes in France’s Ligue 1 on the finish of the season.
Finals may be boring affairs. Tactics typically override expertise because the strain to win weighs on the gamers. Fortunately, the 2019/20 CAF Champions League last was an exception to the rule. A implausible aim from Shikabala leveled it for Zamalek earlier than Afsha fired house an exquisite winner.
Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy performed an enormous position in his staff’s triumphant marketing campaign. The shot-stopper, who gathered expertise enjoying with Egypt at Russia 2018, continued his implausible kind all through the event and led Al Ahly to a treble in 2019/20.
Zamalek’s Achraf Bencharki had one other fantastic season in his spectacular profession. The winger, who received the title with Wydad in 2017, completed the event as second prime-scorer with seven targets. He has proved indispensable for Zamalek due to his fantastic dribbling abilities and talent to penetrate opposing defences. The Moroccan seems decided to safe a spot in Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad for the Qatar 2022 qualifiers.
- Karim Aribi, 10 targets (Etoile du Sahel)
- Mostafa Mohamed, 8 targets (Zamalek)
- Jackson Muleka, 7 targets (TP Mazembe)
- Achraf Bencharki, 7 targets (Zamalek)
Best Player in the Final:
Mohamed Magdy Afsha