South Sudan, the newest member of CAF has confirmed the participation of their club’s in the 2014 CAF Inter-Clubs competitions.
Two clubs will represent the country in the continental clubs championship, the first time ever in the history of the nation.
General Secretary of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), William Okot de Toby informed CAF that, Atlabara FC winners of the 2013 South Sudan championship will participate in the Orange CAF Champions League
Malakia FC the winner of the 2013 South Sudan Cup will compete in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup
Tunisian side, CS Sfaxien has won the 2013 Orange CAF Confederation Cup
title despite a 2-1 loss to TP Mazembe of DR Congo on Saturday in Lubumbashi.
Sfaxien annexed the title 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 2-0 win from the final first leg last week in Rades. The Tunisian outfit this confirmed their status as the most successful in the second-tier continental club championship after successes in 2007 and 2008.
Mazembe led by two goals at half time with strikes from Cheibane Traore and Mbwana Samatta before pacy winger Fakheridine Ben Youssef scored in the dying embers to take game beyond the hosts.
Didier Ibrahim Ndong
CS Sfaxien of Tunisia are on course for a third CAF Confederation Cup
triumph after they defeated TP Mazembe 2-0 in a first leg final at home on Saturday.
Didier Ibrahim Ndong gave hosts Sfaxien the lead in the 15th minute, when he fired home into the bottom right corner of the net from about 35 metres.
The 19-year-old Gabon midfielder controlled a pass from the right flank by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef to set the home team on their way at the Rades Stadium near Tunis.
Sfaxien, Confederation Cup winners in 2007 and 2008, doubled their advantage in stoppage time when Taha Yassine Khenissi connected home a pass from the left by Youssef.
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
CS Sfaxien of Tunisia are aiming to remain the most successful club in the Caf Confederation Cup
this weekend when they host TP Mazembe in the first leg of the competition's final.
Sfaxien have won Africa's second-tier club competition twice -- in 2007 and 2008 -- and were runners-up in 2010, when they were narrowly beaten by Morocco's FUS Rabat 3-2.
Royal Armed Forces of Morocco and another Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel have each won the competition once and have also been beaten finalists on one occasion.
Mazembe, on the hand, are making their first-ever appearance in the final of the competition after they won four CAF Champions League
trophies in 1967, 1968, 2009 and 2010.
Katlego Mphela and Njabulo Manqana
South Africa will have two representatives again in the CAF club competitions from 2015 onwards.
The exploits of Orlando Pirates in reaching the final of this year’s CAF Champions league
has afforded the country enough points to move back into the top 12 ranked nations for their club football.
That means that the league winners and runners-up in the 2013/14 season will compete in the CAF Champions League
in 2015, with the Nedbank Cup winners and third-placed team in the league entering the CAF Confederation Cup
There has been renewed interest in competing in Africa’s club competitions in recent years, prompted by Orlando Pirates’ chairman Irvin Khoza and his desire to add a second continental title to his club’s trophy cabinet.
Record two-time champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia beat compatriots CA Bizertin 1-0 in a final leg semifinal to advance to the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup final
Sfaxien, winners in 2007 and 2008, advanced to their first final since 2010 when they finished runners-up to FUS Rabat of Morocco.
Bizertin was the busier side in the opening quarter but could not find space on target thanks to an alert Rami Jeridi in goals for Sfaxien.
Sfaxien striker Fakhreddine Ben Youssef had his side’s first meaningful attempt on goal in the 13th minute but fired wide of Ben Mustapha's goal.
Tresor Mputu and Herve Ndonga
TP Mazembe booked their place in the final of the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup
with a 1-0 victory over Stade Malien on Saturday afternoon.
The victory hands the tie to the DR Congo side 3-1 on aggregate and sets up a final meeting with either CS Sfaxien or CA Bizertin, who play tomorrow.
The only goal of the game was scored from the penalty spot by Trésor Mputu inside the first seven minutes.
Stade can count themselves unlucky, they had a goal by Souleymane Dembélé ruled out for offside, and Cherif Doumbia later hit the crossbar with a free-kick.
Rainford Kalaba and Tresor Mputu gave TP Mazembe a vital first leg advantage when they each scored to give their side a 2-1 away win in their CAF Confederations Cup semfinal
tie with Stade Malien in Bamako, Mali on Sunday evening.
Morimakan Koita scored the only goal for the home side.
The home side fell behind early on in an encounter that was proving to be an open affair.
Mazembe took an early lead in the 14th minute through Zambia international Rainford Kalaba, who slotted easily past onrushing goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite after a good work from former Stade Malien striker Cheibane Traoré.
CA Bizertin vs. CS Sfaxien
Tunisian sides CA Bizertin and SC Sfaxien played to a goalles draw in their CAF Confederations Cup first leg semifinal
at the Stade du Octobre 15 on Sunday afternoon in Bizerte.
The return leg of the match will be in 14 days time. The winner of this tie will face either TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo or Stade Malien Bamako of Mali in a two legged final.
Bizertin came into this match having lost four of their last five matches, including their last two in Tunisia’s Ligue 1. Their only success in their last five came in the Confederation Cup group phase
when they beat Moroccan side FUS Rabat.
Contrast that with the excellent form of Sfaxien, who breezed through the pool phase and the visitors will be favourites now to secure a place in the final.
Solomon Asante and Gladson Awako
TP Mazembe have set up a 15-day training camp in Accra (Ghana) to prepare for the semi final of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup
The DR Congo giants are due to face Stade Malien of Mali in the first leg of the last four on Saturday, October 5 in Bamako.
Les Corbeaux travelled to Accra immediately after their ultimate Group B fixture against Moroccan side FUS Rabat, which they lost 0-2 in Rabat at the weekend. Mazembe finished tops of Group B with 10 points, with CA Bizertin (8 points), FUS Rabat (8 points) and Entente Setif (6 points) in that order.
The four-time African champions will pitch camp in the Ghanaian capital for two weeks, during which they will test their readiness with friendlies against local sides.