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The CAF competition is no doubt the biggest competition in Africa when it comes to club competitions, and since it’s advent in 1964, the competition had witnessed different winners from different regions all across Africa.

The competition started as an African Cup of Champions Clubs, and the first team to lift the trophy was Cameroonian side Oryx Douala who defeats Stade Malien of Mali in a one-off final.

The aftermath of the first edition final, the competition wasn’t held the following year, but the action resumed again in 1966, the season which kicked start the two-legged home and away final.

Since then, the CAF competition was dominated by clubs from central African countries up till 1980. The following year 1981, which was the beginning of a decade, the North African clubs broke the hegemony of the clubs from the Central African countries and other regions, and since then they started dominating the CAF competition.

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The dominance lasted up till the end of that decennium, however, only one club from the West African region did flexed muscles with the North African club sides, but couldn’t push them off the radar as their dominance won them 9 trophies out of 10 that lasted up till the beginning of a new decade.

1991 kicked start a new decennary for the North African club sides, as their dominance on the continent continued with them winning 70 %  of a 100% out of the CAF competition.

READ ALSO: Top 8 African Clubs Of The Decade

However few club sides from other regions did flexed muscles with them, but the level of preparation and the caliber of players the North African club sides paraded was the difference between them and the other regions.

In 2001, the dominance of the North African club sides for another brand new decade wasn’t as massive compared to the previous decennium, however, their prowess was felt, as the likes of Enyimba of Nigeria from the West African side and TP Mazembe from the Central Region won it back to back during that time.

The just-concluded decade was another interesting 10 years that blessed us with great footballing moments on the continent, however, we can’t talk about it without mentioning the massive achievements pulled by the North Africans sides, as they went on to dominate at least 50% of the CAF competition on the continent and sure lifting the trophy.

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The year 2020 ushered us into another brand decennium in the world of football, and as a matter of fact, the North African club sides have shown us why they would dominate the CAF competition for another year to come with the ways they’ve started on the continent both in the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup on a bright note, with almost clubs from the northern region, either topping their group or in the second position.

As we grow further, it’s doesn’t seems the North African sides would lower their guard any moment from now, with the way they’re performing on the continent, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any club from other regions that would rival them, but the chance looks slim and dim in terms of league standard and to some extent quality-wise.

However, it a brand new year, we wait and see what the CAF Competition have in stock, but if the starting of the competition were anything to go by, then we might see another dominance in this new decade.

 

 

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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.

Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.

Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.

As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.

The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

International match calendar and release of players.

The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.

READ ALSO: Mosengo-Omba Is CAF New General Secretary

The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.

2020 financials and 2022 budget

The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?

The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.

Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.

Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.

The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.

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However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.

It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.

The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.

Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.

In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.

Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.

Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.

Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.

However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.

 

 

 

 

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