Unfortunately what was meant to be a stage where Africa’s elite converge to compete against one another for the honour of being crowned the champions of Africa has sorrowfully become synonymous with poor officiating and underhanded tactics by clubs.
Both the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup have somewhat lost the shine and sparkle that the European version enjoyed and has preserved for decades. It has become a familiar story that, when clubs travel to other nations, there will be reports and allegations of shenanigans.
What appears to be a growing trend is the fact that its the South African clubs which are being targeted by this kind of behaviour. One begins to understand why CAF has lost so much viewership. Who wants to watch a scrappy match with players squabbling, or hear about reports of clubs being ill treated at the airport and hotels.
The recent incidents that transpired when Orlando Pirates travelled to the DRC where the South African media where allegedly harassed and arrested whilst the refereeing were dubious to say the least.
If this is what players have to look forward to then players will be reluctant to raise their hands in eagerness if the coach is looking for players to represent the club. It’s time that CAF stops turning a blind eye and lifts the level of Champions league!