The past one month had the airwaves and the media filled with players doing their countries proud. International football was the order of the day.
With the expiration of that one-month period, club football is set to resume in various parts of the world – although the action never really stopped in places like U.S.A., Sweden, etc.
Clubs friendlies will take center-stage in the coming days, qualifiers for European club football will become the order of the day and club football in Africa will resume from where it stopped.
Both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup competitions will kick-off this week after almost a two-month break.
This year’s edition of the CAF Champions League is largely dominated by teams from the northern parts of the continent – with 7 out of the 16 participating clubs coming from countries like Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
Before the competition went on a break, just two rounds of group stage games were played.
In those two rounds, only TP Mazembe of DR Congo managed to win their first two games, during which they scored six goals and conceded just once. They currently lead Group B with six points and goals difference of +5.
In the same group, they’re closely followed by MC Alger, the Algerian outfit that has scored an average of one goal per game and has conceded an average of 0.5 goals per game.
Speaking of goals conceded in the competition so far, ES Tunis, TP Mazembe (Group A), MC Alger (Group B), Wydad Casablanca (Group C) and Mbabane Swallows (Group D) have all conceded just one goal in the two games they have played.
ES Setif of Algeria and Togo Port are the only two sides yet to win a single point in the competition as both sides have lost their first two games, scoring the same number of goals (1) and conceding the same number of goals (5).
Country representation in the CAF Confederation Cup is more balanced than in the Champions League, with representatives from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Mali, Rwanda, among others.
Unlike in the Champions League, where no team has kept a clean sheet thus far, RSB Berkane (Group B) and USM Alger (Group D) have both managed to shut out their opponents in their last two games. RSB Berkane, the Moroccan outfit is the only side that has won its first two games.
As both competitions continue this week, which of these aforementioned clubs will you be looking out for? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts with us.