ZAMBIA will not have any representation in the newly formed African Football League with CAF only settling for eight best-ranked clubs on the continent.
CAF and world football governing body FIFA have partnered to form a new inter-club competition dubbed the AFL or the Super League.
According to a CAF statement, “Africa’s highest-ranked football clubs will compete in the exciting new ‘Super’ competition.”
CAF states that the competition is designed to showcase the best of African club football and provide football fans in Africa and around the world, the opportunity to see and enjoy the very best of the beautiful game.
Initially, the Inaugural edition of the AFL will feature eight of Africa’s most famous and successful teams from the three African Regional Blocks which are: the North Region, the Central-West Region and the South-East Region.
Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Tunisia’s Espérance and Wydad AthleticClub from Morocco will represent the North Region.
The Central – West block will field Nigeria’s Enyimba Football Club and the DRC’s Tout Puissant (TP) Mazembe.
The South – East block, where a Zambian club would have come from has Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, Angola’s Atlético Petróleos de Luanda and Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club.
CAF is expected to stage the Inaugural draw in Cairo on September 2.
The fixtures of the Inaugural AFL competition are structured on a home-and-away basis.
The competition starts with knock-out quarterfinals and will be followed by the semi-finals and the final; all of which are played over two legs.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 31st August, 2023)
‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka
LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.
Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.
In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.
Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.
“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”
Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.
“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
CAF Awards: Barbra Banda makes the cut, Copper Queens misses out
IN BITTERSWEET news for Zambian football, striker Barbra Banda has been named among the finalists for the prestigious CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, but the Copper Queens have missed out on the final three for the National Team of the Year accolade.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released the final nominees for various categories of the 2023 Awards that have been set for the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Monday.
There is a mixture of good and bad news for Zambia in that Banda has made it on the final three for the player of the year award in the women’s category but there was no place for the Copper Queens in the national team of the year category.
The Copper Queens had been in the race to be named the national team of the year, having made the initial top five nominee list but have since failed to make the cut for the final three.
The team has fallen off alongside Senegal, leaving the stage for Morocco, Nigeria and African champions South Africa.
On the bright side of things, Banda could be named the player of the year in the women’s category but she has to fend off competition from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)
Zambia are Netball Champions
ZAMBIA have lifted the Africa Netball Cup in Botswana after defeating Namibia 57-55 in a tightly contested final.
The team has been impressive over the course of the tournament but appeared to meet their match in the final.
Zambia took a first quarter lead, but by the time the game was reaching half time the teams were tied at 23-23.
Namibia then controlled the game in the third quarter and managed to record a 35-33 lead.
Zambia did not give up, stretching the game into extra time when they tied 43-43 at full time.
In the end, the team managed the game and ran home 57-55 winners to be crowned champions.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 6th December, 2023)