The kick off of the 2e edition of the African Champions League will be given this Sunday, October 30 in Morocco. In the Cherifian Kingdom, the competition will continue until November 13 when the final will be contested by the two best clubs on the continent.
After the inaugural edition last year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) continues this year with the 2e edition of the African Champions League. The competition brings together the 8 best clubs in Africa who have won their local championship and the zonal championship. These 8 best formations were divided between 2 groups of 4. The first two of each group qualify for the semi-finals. Group A includes the host club, AS FAR, bronze medalists in the last edition, Simba Queens SC (Tanzania), Green Buffaloes (Zambia) and Determine Girls (Liberia). Group B is composed of: Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) holder of the trophy, Bayelsa Queens (Nigeria), Wadi Degla (Egypt) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo).
On the program for the opening day of the competition, two posters are planned at the Prince Héritier Moulay El Hassan Stadium in Rabat. The first at 5:00 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. GMT) will be between Green Buffaloes FC of Zambia and Determine Girls FC of Liberia. The second at 8:00 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT) will feature the host club, ASFAR of Morocco, and Tanzanian side Simba Queens SC.
To convince of its desire for a perfect tournament, the Caf has made it known that it has selected the best referees of the moment in terms of physical, quality and experience. ” Betting on the quality and experience of referees is essential to guarantee a successful competition, especially after the resounding success and enthusiasm observed during Wafcom 2022. Before each of our major tournaments, potential referees are subject to regular follow-up, on the physical, technical and medical levels, both at the level of their country and their area. This allows us to have a constant eye on health status, fitness, performance and to ensure that each candidate arrives ready to compete,” explains the head of the referees of the Caf, Désiré Noumandiez Doué.
In total, there will be 29 referees in Morocco for this 2e edition of the Champions League. The twenty selected referees from 23 different countries are distributed as follows: 10 central referees, 12 assistant referees and 7 video assistant referees.
As in the previous edition, Fanta I. Koné will be part of a competition that she will referee for the 2e consecutively in 2 editions. Proof that the international assistant referee is one of the best on the continent.
On the other hand, AS Mandé, champion club of Mali, will not be there following its elimination during the zonal qualifying tournament which it had nevertheless won last year. Which gave her the right to participate in the first edition of this Women’s Champions League.
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