Issues to find out about CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals

Issues to find out about CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals

A brand new identify will probably be engraved on the CAF Confederation Cup trophy this season because the Moroccan near-monopoly of the competitors involves an finish.

Within the semi-final first legs on Wednesday, Younger Africans of Tanzania host Marumo Gallants of South Africa and ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast entertain USM Alger of Algeria.

The road-up incorporates a number of shock qualifiers and is uncommon in that the dominant area in African membership soccer — the North — has just one consultant.

Moroccan golf equipment Raja Casablanca and Renaissance Berkane every received two of the earlier 5 finals with Egyptian outfit Zamalek the opposite facet to win the African equal of the Europa League.

AFP Sport introduces among the stars who might play key roles in deciding which groups advance to the ultimate.

Menacing Mayele

Younger Africans ahead, Fiston Mayele, has scored 12 objectives this season within the two CAF membership competitions – the Champions League and Confederation Cup.

A 28-year-old from the Democratic Republic of Congo, he bagged seven objectives within the Champions League, together with two hat-tricks.

When the Dar-es-Salaam outfit had been demoted to the Confederation Cup, he continued to torment rivals, scoring the 2 objectives that eradicated Rivers United of Nigeria within the final spherical.

Purple-hot Chivaviro

Ranga Chivaviro of Marumo is the joint main scorer within the Confederation Cup with six objectives, and can recognize the new climate forecast for the primary leg in opposition to Younger Africans.

“I spent six months enjoying for a membership in Kosovo two years in the past and couldn’t get used to the chilly circumstances,” mentioned the 30-year-old.

His quarter-final first-leg header in opposition to Pyramids in Egypt earned Gallants an surprising draw, and a solitary aim gave the South Africans victory within the return match.

Twin threats

It’s 24 years since ASEC final skilled African glory by defeating Tunisian giants Esperance to elevate the CAF Tremendous Cup one season after successful the CAF Champions League.

Now, the objectives of Aubin Kramo and Pacome Zouzoua have introduced the Abidjan outfit to the brink of one other remaining look.

Kramo has netted 4 occasions and Zouzoua on three events as ASEC hope to turn out to be the third west African winners of the competitors after Hearts of Oak from Ghana and Stade Malien of Mali.

Beware Mahious

Sharpshooter, Aymen Mahious, skilled heartbreak this yr as hosts Algeria misplaced a penalty shootout in opposition to Senegal within the African Nations Championship (CHAN) remaining.

He was one of many stand-out gamers within the match for home-based stars, scoring the one aim in every of three group victories and successful the Golden Boot with 5 objectives.

Mahious has confirmed equally threatening within the Confederation Cup by netting thrice — considered one of 4 USM gamers to attain that feat within the African marketing campaign.

Historical past seekers

Younger Africans, Marumo, ASEC and USM are carrying the hopes of 4 nations who’ve by no means lifted the Confederation Cup since its introduction in 2004.

South African golf equipment; Orlando Pirates (twice) and SuperSport United, have misplaced finals whereas an analogous destiny befell Algerian trio Entente Setif, Mouloudia Bejaia and JS Kabylie.

Sewe Sport had been the one finalists from the Ivory Coast, dropping to Egyptian giants, Al Ahly in 2014, whereas Younger Africans are the primary Tanzanian facet to get past the quarter-finals.


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