Six stars to watch in the CAFCL this weekend

Six stars to watch in the CAFCL this weekend
Gaston Sirino of Mamelodi Sundowns and Tshwarelo Bereng of Black Leopards during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns at Thohoyandou Stadium in Limpopo the on 30 April 2019 © Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 27, 2019. 15:00 takes a look at SIX stars to watch in this weekend’s 2019/20 Caf Champions League first round second-leg qualifiers.

Gaston Sirino

The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has all the qualities to be one of the best players on the African continent. Since his move to the Brazilians early last year, Sirino has gone a long way in filling the void left by Khama Billiat and Percy Tau.

While his discipline is often brought into discussion, there is no doubting his quality with his ability to weave past defenders and knack to set up his teammates second to none.

Anice Badri

Esperance de Tunis’ top scorer in the 2017/18 season, Badri has played a key role in back-to-back Caf Champions League wins for the Tunisia giants.

He has yet to catch flame this season, but will be confident of regaining his form as the club set their sights on the group stages.

Mostafa Mohamed

The Zamalek forward has been the club’s star performer at this early stage of the season, netting four goals in three Champions League matches while also finding the back of the net for the White Knights on the opening day of the league season.

The five-time champions, though, have it all to do following a 2-1 defeat to Generation Foot in the first-leg.

Rainford Kalaba

The Zambia international continues to form an integral part of the TP Mazembe squad, having bossed the midfield for the Democratic Republic of Congo club for the better part of eight years.

He will be hoping to lead the club to their first CAFCL title since 2015, but first the club need to overcome Fosa Juniors in Lubumbashi.

Karim Aribi

The towering Algerian forward is the top scorer in the Uefa Champions League this season with five goals, having netted four in a 7-1 win over Hafia in the preliminary round.

Aribi and his Etoile du Sahel teammates, though, will have it all to do if they are to overcome a 2-0 deficit at home to Asante Kotoko this weekend.

Junior Ajayi

The Nigerian attacker has been one of the star performers on the African continent for the past few seasons.

Having made a name for himself at CS Sfaxien, Ajayi moved to Egyptian Premier League club and record eight time CAFCL winners Al Ahly three years ago. He has since established himself as an integral member of the squad and will be called upon to play an integral role in the club’s pursuit of a ninth title.

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