CAF Champions League

Weekend Guide 9.4.2016

On this Weekend Guide will provide you with one of the biggest challenges since the first guide was published – three matches to be played in the same hour!

An African Champions League group stage spot, a glorious Yemenite derby from Israel and the title battle of Botswana. Yallah, Let's go!

(All the hours are in CET local time)

Amateur (Like this goalkeeper)

What? Stade Malien – ZESCO United (CAF Champions League)

When? Saturday, 2000

Where? Stade Modibo Kéïta, Bamako

Why? Stade Malien was the African Champions League runner-ups in 1965 but never qualified for the top-8 since the introduction of the group stage. Their opponents, ZESCO United, participated in 2009 group stage, the last Zambian team to so.

Key Players: Mamadou Coulibaly led Stade Malien to this stage with 3 goals and was part of runner-up national team squad in the African Nations Championship. In ZESCO United you can find Kondwani Mtonga that played also in the Indian Super League.

Fans Abroad: It's rare to find African team with support from different continent, but ZESCO United have fan club in Colombia. Sensacional!

Professional (like this goal)

What? Hapoel Marmorek – Maccabi Sha'arayim (Israeli Liga Alef)

When? Saturday, 2000

Where? Haberfeld Stadium, Rishon LeZion

Why? The great derby of Rehovot city is one of the hottest football rivalries in Israel. Marmorek and Sha'arayim are two neighborhoods in Rehovot, who share the same origin. Both of them are populated by large Yemenite-Jewish communities. Maccabi Sha'arayim leads the table by 5 points and they are close to promotion for the first time since they were relegated from the second tier in 1993. Hapoel Marmorek is in the 4th place, trying to assure a playoff spot.

Key Players: Hapoel Marmorek main player is Sahar Shabtai, the team top scorer with 10 goals. Maccabi Sha'arayim has Gil Itzhak, which arrived in December and since then scored 8 goals in 15 matches.

The Oldies: Maccabi Sha'arayim might be one of the veteran squads in Israel, as in the last match half of the players that played, were above 30 years old.

World Class (like this play)

What? Centre Chiefs – Township Rollers (Botswana Premier League)

When? Saturday, 2000

Where? Botswana National Stadium, Gaborone

Why? Four games are left before the end of the season in Botswana and the title is on the stake for that match. Township Rollers are leading the table by 4 points ahead of Orapa United and their hosts for this match, Centre Chiefs. The Chiefs will try to close the gap on their way to 4th title in 5 years.

Key Players: Lemponye Tshireletso is the guy to watch for in Centre Chiefs, as he is one of the best scorers in the league. From the other side, you can't run to the title without a great goalkeeper like Township Rollers' Kabelo Dambe, who’s also the Botswana national team goalkeeper.

Like Your Nickname: Botswana national team nickname is ‘Dipitse’, which means "The Zebras". In 2012 they launched new kit with black and white pattern.