Africa roundup: Virus-struck Raja cannot visit Egypt for semi-final

Badr Gaddarine of Wydad Athletic Club and Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Athletic Club at Lucas Moripe  Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Badr Gaddarine of Wydad Athletic Membership and Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns through the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Athletic Membership at Lucas Moripe Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Moroccan membership Raja Casablanca stated Wednesday that they can’t journey to Egypt for a CAF Champions League semi-final in opposition to Zamalek this weekend after eight of the squad examined constructive for coronavirus.

“The Moroccan authorities have withdrawn the particular authorisation given to the membership to journey outdoors the nation,” an official informed AFP.

Raja, who misplaced the primary leg 1-Zero at residence final Sunday, had been resulting from play the return match on the Cairo Worldwide Stadium this Saturday.

Right here, AFP Sport rounds up soccer information from Africa.


4 of the Raja crew that began in opposition to Zamalek – defender Ilias Haddad, midfielders Omar Arjoune and Mouhcine Moutouali and ahead Abdelilah Hafidi – are amongst those that examined constructive.

Moroccan media additionally named midfielder Abderrahim Achchakir and forwards Anas Jabroun, Ayoub Nanah and Mohamed Zrida because the affected gamers.

Celebrations after Raja this month turned Moroccan champions for the primary time in seven years have been blamed for the Covid-19 outbreak.


Ghanaian nationwide crew goalkeeper Richard Ofori has confirmed his switch from Maritzburg United to fellow South African Premiership membership Orlando Pirates.

The 26-year-old will compete with former South Africa shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands, who’s 11 years older, to be first alternative.

Ofori made 85 appearances for Pietermaritzburg-based United, conceding 80 targets and protecting 29 clear sheets.


Manchester Metropolis winger and Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez has hailed coach Djamel Belmadi for “instilling a soul into our nationwide crew”.

“A giant thanks to this gentleman. He’s a magician and because of his imaginative and prescient Algeria have turn out to be a power to reckon with,” stated the 2016 African Footballer of the Yr.

Reigning African champions Algeria beat Nigeria and drew with Mexico this month to increase their unbeaten run to 20 matches since October 2018.

South Africa

Siphiwe Tshabalala, scorer of the primary objective on the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa, has joined top-flight membership AmaZulu on the age of 36.

The midfielder spent 11 years at Kaizer Chiefs and one season with Turkish membership Erzurumspor earlier than returning residence to affix the Durban membership.

Determined to shed their perennial tag of relegation candidates, AmaZulu have signed 10 gamers, together with Tshabalala and Zambian ahead Augustine Mulenga.

Burkina Faso

Retired Burkina Faso worldwide defender Bakary Kone says he’s poised to affix Indian Tremendous League membership Kerala Blasters.

He just lately left Russian membership Arsenal Tula within the twilight of an expert profession that started in 2005 and likewise took him to France, Spain and Turkey.

The centre-back was a pivotal determine within the rise of Burkina Faso from African also-rans to a nation ranked 11th within the continent this month.


Membership president Mortada Mansour has rewarded the Zamalek squad with a $three 200 bonus every after a 1-Zero away win over Raja Casablanca of Morocco in a CAF Champions League semi-final first leg.

“Every participant will obtain the identical quantity as a bonus in the event that they win the return match,” promised the larger-than-life official.

Mansour added a lot greater bonus shall be provided if Zamalek go on to win the elite African membership competitors for the primary time in 18 years.


After taking part in three internationals in 5 days this month, Zambia will embark on an much more punishing programme this week with 4 matches in 5 days.

The Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) shall be based mostly in Addis Ababa and face hosts Ethiopia and South Sudan twice every between Thursday and Monday.

Zambia are additionally making ready beneath Serb coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic for residence and away 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to Botswana subsequent month.

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