With barely a fortnight before the matches of the group phase of the continental club championships, Egyptian giants, Al Ahly and Al-Hilal of sudan have made changes to their technical staff.
Ahly Youth team coach Fathi Mabrouk has replaced Mohamed Youssef until the end of the season. Youssef, an ex-defender of the club, who guided Ahly to a record extending eighth CAF Champions League title last year, shockingly tendered in his resignation last Friday. Youssef left alongside Football Director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz and Football supervisor, Hady Khashaba
The Cairo-based side starts its campaign in the Orange CAF Confederations Cup against Group B fellows Nkana of Zambia. Ivorian champions, Sewe Sport and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia are the other teams in Group B.
Across to neighboring Sudan, Hilal have named Brazil-born Paulo Campos as replacement for Nasredin Nabi, who parted ways with the Omdurman-based club last week.
Campos is no stranger at the 27-time Sudanese champions, having guided them to the semis of the CAF Champions League in 2009 during his previous stint which ended in 2010.
His first major undertaking is against four-time African champions, TP Mazembe of DR Congo in the Group A opener of the group phase of the CAF Champions League on the weekend of 16-18 May 2014. Five-time winners, Zamalek of Egypt and AS Vita of DR Congo complete their mini league pool.
Elsewhere, Senegalese Amara Traore paid the price for Guinean champions, Horoya’s failure to reach the group phase of the Confederations Cup. The Conakry-based club lost 1-0 on aggregate to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia in the playoff.
The former Senegal trainer has been replaced by Guinean legend and 1972 African Footballer of the Year, Cherif Souleymane, who will hold the fort until the end of the current season.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) News
Support InfoStride News' Credible Journalism: Only credible journalism can guarantee a fair, accountable and transparent society, including democracy and government. It involves a lot of efforts and money. We need your support. Click here to Donate