Monday Jan 13, 2020. 13:00
AfricanFootball.com identifies three things we’ve learnt from this past weekend’s CAF club action.
There was a total of eight CAF Champions League and eight CAF Confederations Cup round four group stage matches between Friday and Sunday, and here follows three things to take into round five:
Esperance de Tunis will be difficult to dethrone
The defending CAF Champions League champions took a huge step towards booking their place in the knockout stages without victory away to AS Vita in Kinshasa.
The Tunisian giants remain undefeated in this season’s competition, having now already travelled to both Casablanca and the Democratic Republic of Congo capital.
Esperance continue to showcase why they are back-to-back champions and will be difficult to dethrone, especially if they continue to flourish on their travels.
TP Mazembe, Mamelodi Sundowns have the look of potential champions
If any team is to deny a North African club from winning this season’s CAF Champions League title it would in all probability be either Mamelodi Sundowns or TP Mazembe.
Champions as recent as 2015 and 2016, the two clubs are the only two sides from outside North Africa to win the continent’s most coveted club title in the last 16 years – since Enyimba won back-to-back crowns.
Top of their respective groups, Sundowns and Mazembe have already booked their place in the quarter-finals; the only two teams to do so.
Pyramids FC will be hard to stop
In Africa’s second-tier club competition, one team seems destined for the crown, even at this early stage of the competition.
Big-spending Pyramids FC are eager to follow in the footsteps of Egyptian rivals and continental powerhouses Al Ahly and Zamalek, and winning the CAF Confederations Cup this season will be a step in the right direction.
With four wins from four matches, Pyramids are making all the right moves.