This Weekend Guide could witness some history in the making.
Two teams dream about their first title in South Africa, a sensational first division debutant in Tunisia, and a historical continental title in Asia.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this guy)
What? Bidvest Wits – Bloemfontein Celtic (South African Premier Division)
When? Saturday, 1915
Where? Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg
Why? Those are the first days of the season in South Africa, and everything is still extremely tight. Between the 1st and the 6th place, the difference is only 3 points. Among these teams you can find Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic, both never won the domestic title, but now are dreaming on doing so.
Key Players: During the last summer break, Bidvest Wits strengthened their squad with Daine Klate, who previously won 5 consecutive domestic championships. The one who leads Bloemfontein Celtic is the captain Bevan Fransman that had great time abroad while playing in Belgium and Israel.
In the Middle of the Conflict: The Ugandan striker of Bloemfontein Celtic, Geofrey Massa, played 3 years in one of the most disputed areas in the world. He played for Yenicami Ağdelen, the team of the northern side of the divided city of Nicosia, in the league of Turkish Cyprus.
Professional (like this guy)
What? EO Sidi Bouzid – CS Sfaxien (Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1)
When? Sunday, 1430
Where? Stade Sidi Bouzid, Sidi Bouzid
Why? It's matchday no. 6 in Tunisia and we have a sensational team in the top places. Sidi Bouzid promoted last season for the first time ever and they are ranked in 2nd place after four consecutive wins. Sfaxien are the league leaders and has the best attack in the league.
Key Players: At the newly promoted Sidi Bouzid you can find the experienced
Egyptian Trauma: Sfaxien lost 5 continental finals, 3 of them were against the same club, Al Ahly from Egypt. The first time was in 2006 CAF Champions League final, while the next two were in 2009 & 2014 CAF Super Cup.
World Class (like these guys)
What? Istiklol – Johor Darul Ta'zim (AFC Cup)
When? Saturday, 1300
Where? Pamir Stadium, Dushnabe
Why? The AFC Cup is a great chance for team from minor Asian football nations to get continental experience. Tajiki clubs won the President Cup 4 times already, as Istiklol already grabbed it once, in 2012. Malaysian teams are playing at the continental levels for more than 50 years, but Johor Darul Ta'zim are the first Malaysian club ever to qualify to an Asian final.
Key Players: Istiklol will base on Manuchekhr Dzhalilov, one of the best players in the Tajiki football and the domestic league top scorer with 18 goals. Johor Darul Ta'zim also has a local star, Mohd Safiq Rahim, which led his team for two consecutive titles since his arrival.
Thanks to Kuwait: Both teams didn't considered aqualification, as both were defeated badly in the semifinals first leg. The suspension of Kuwait by FIFA led the AFC to disqualify their representatives, so both Istklol and Darul Ta’zim were promoted.