Monday, September 21, 2009

African Champions League roundup

This weekend there was African football action on the continent in the form of the ACL.

Fortunately, many people think that the best four sides in the African Champions League group stages have made it through to the semifinals.

In the past, suspect refereeing and plain bad luck has spoiled the chances of some good teams from moving on in the competition.

It is a great time to be a Nigerian club football fan, as the two teams in Kano Pillars and Heartland have advanced. Democratic Republic of Congo's TP Mazembe and Sundanese side Al Hilal are all moving on.

Home form in this competition is crucial and wins are a must. And so we now have a all-Nigerian semifinal between Heartland and Pillars, while TP Mazembe will tackle Al Hilal.

Mazembe coach Diego Garzitto has already stated he believes his side will face Heartland in the final, which would be a repeat of their Group B clashes in which both teams won 2-0 on their home patch.

“Heartland are a tactically disciplined side and I hope meet them in the finals of the competition where I hope to lead my team to a resounding victory,” Garzitto said.

The matches will be played on the weekends of October 2-4 (first legs) and October 16-18.