Now it’s a north African semi-fi­nal shootout

Cham­pi­ons of Egypt, Tu­nisia, Morocco and Al­ge­ria fight it out for honour of be­com­ing con­ti­nent’s top club, writes Mon­thati Mo­taung

African Independent - - SPORT -

THE CAF Cham­pi­ons League has sud­denly be­come the Caf North African Cham­pi­ons League with the four semi­fi­nal­ists from the top of the con­ti­nent.

All the sur­vivors have pedi­gree, too, led by 10-time fi­nal­ists and record eight-time ti­tle-hold­ers Al Ahly of Egypt.

Semi-fi­nal op­po­nents Etoile

“I’m very happy to re­turn home. I’ve al­ways said it, Atletico is my home. I’m very, very happy,” he told the club’s web­site.

Costa can’t fea­ture un­til Jan­uary as his move was com­pleted out­side the trans­fer win­dow.

How­ever, Atletico said he will be­gin train­ing im­me­di­ately and was likely to be in the stands when Chelsea were the vis­i­tors for the first Cham­pi­ons League game at Atletico’s new Wanda Sa­hel of Tu­nisia have con­fronted Ahly twice in two-leg fi­nals, with hon­ours even.

Wy­dad Casablanca of Morocco won the com­pe­ti­tion in 1992 when it was called the African Cup of

Metropoli­tano on Wed­nes­day.

“The in­ter­na­tional for­ward signed his new con­tract after suc­cess­fully pass­ing the med­i­cal tests that he un­der­went in two phases: last Satur­day and Mon­day,” Atletico said in a state­ment

“Start­ing to­mor­row, he will join the team’s train­ings, but he will not be reg­is­tered un­til the next win­ter mar­ket opens on Jan­uary 1st.”

Costa was Atletico’s top scorer as they won La Liga and reached Cham­pi­ons Clubs, and ri­vals USM Al­ger of Al­ge­ria were run­ners-up two sea­sons ago. the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in 2013/14 be­fore mov­ing to Chelsea, where he won two Pre­mier League ti­tles in three sea­sons.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to start con­tribut­ing. I’m go­ing to give my all for the team, as I al­ways try to do,” added Costa, who will wear the num­ber 19 jersey.

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