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
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.