By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Former Orlando Pirates gaffer Milutin Sredojević, popularly known as Micho has suggested what appears to be the ultimate solution to the growing concerns about the future of CAF inter-club competitions for the 2019-2020 football season.
The 50-year-old former Young Africa Sports Club gaffer with over 16 years of experience in management in Africa has described the current situation in African football as one needing avoidance of another own goal.
According to Micho, the best way to manage the remaining fixtures of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup is to organize the matches in one country.
The Chipolopolo of Zambia head coach has recommended that CAF employs commonsense by organizing the semi-final and final of the above-mentioned events in Cameroon as a test for the African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2021 and the postponed CHAN 2020.
“I am very respectful towards CAF as mother football body. With strong hopes that they know what they are doing, I would like wholeheartedly under these circumstances to propose to them that instead of having ‘football wars’ between Egyptian and Moroccan clubs garnished with hardships of the present situation, it would be the best to organize same like in European basketball Top 4 in Cameroon.
“The remaining four teams of CAF Champions league are the Top 4 in the competition same situation in the CAF Confederation Cup.
“So for example, have all the remaining games in the Confederation Cup in Yaoundé and those of the champions League in Douala,” Micho wrote on a platform of African Football stakeholders, Soccer Africa.
According to the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finalist, this option will help reduce chances of confrontation and crowd trouble during this period of the Coronavirus pandemic and sort out several problems through a single action.
“Concluding these way sorts out several problems at once by finishing Interclub Competitions for this year and practically checking venues for CHAN and AFCON in Cameroon.
“If commonsense is really common, that would be best solution under circumstances but…Let’s remember we have the FIFA Confederations Cup next year. The ball is in someone’s court,” the erstwhile Zamalek boss concluded.
The proposal from Micho makes a lot of sense, at least going by the reactions of other experts on the platform.
This week, the Confederation of African Football published an elaborate program to guide the conclusion of its inter-club competitions for the 2019-2020 season. Obviously, Micho believes the option presents fewer benefits and guarantees than his proposal.
Kick442.com has also gathered that UEFA is strongly considering the use of a single City, likely Lisbon to conclude the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
In a telephone conversation with kick442.com news team, Micho explained that his proposal, if adopted, can be implemented in August.
The Serbian tactician believes success in the approach will help clear the remaining inter-club fixtures in time and 2020 African Nations Championship, CHAN can take place between the September and October international break which will be used for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers while the Women’s AFCON happens in January and the men’s competition in February 2021.
Micho believes a success in the remaining six games in the Champions League, and Confederation Cup will pave the way for the international competitions to resume and assures a September resumption of the 2020-2021 season.
Coming from a sharp-thinking man who knows African Football inside-out, African Football authorities should decide to look at this or approach him for more. After all, all stakeholders are seeking strategies to outsmart the Coronavirus pandemic for the resumption of African Football.
Whenever the competitions resume, Egyptian giants and most successful side Al Ahly will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca while Zamalek have Raja Casablanca on their plate in a tailor-made Egypt-Morocco North African derby.
RS Berkane have fellow Moroccans Hassania Agadir to worry as the last huddle before the final while Egyptian revelation Pyramids SC challenge Guinea’s Horoya in the Confederation Cup.
The Champions League final and the Confederation Cup final were initially penciled for Douala-Cameroon and Casablanca-Morocco last May.
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