With the semifinals of the CAF Champions League starting this weekend, here are some of Africa’s talented stars competing for Africa’s prestigious trophy.
Many players from the Premier League started off playing for CAF clubs. Players like Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (Liverpool), and Odion Ighalo (Manchester United) started off playing in CAF clubs before making a name for themselves in the Premier League. 8 of the 10 players in this scouting report are set to play this weekend.
Badr Banoun (Centre-Back, Raja Casablanca, 27-years-old) –
Banoun is a veteran in the Moroccan league. His leadership and hard work earned him the captaincy for Raja Casablanca. The very odd situation he is in is that he is set to leave Raja for Al-Ahly on next Wednesday according to his Transfermarkt profile . Both clubs are part of the remaining semifinalist of the tournament which would be interesting to see him face his old club if Ahly and Raja are the finalists.
Badie Aouk (Right Winger, Wydad Casablanca, 25-years-old) –
Aouk is another veteran in the Moroccan Botola Pro league. He has appeared in 23 matches scoring 5 goals and 4 assists. He is a highly-rated winger who can play on either flank.
Hamdou Elhouni (Left Winger, Esperance Tunis, 26-years-old) –
The Libya international has appeared in 16 matches scoring 5 goals with 3 assists. Elhouni is also a utility offensive player since he can also serve as a right winger and attacking midfielder. He’s playmaking role in the club serves him as an impactful player such as his role in Esperance’s run to last year’s AFC Champions League title.
Ali Maâloul (Left-Back, Al-Ahly, 30-years-old) -
The Tunisia international has appeared in 23 matches with 5 goals and 6 assists. Maâloul can cover a lot of ground on the left side of the pitch, he is also utilized as a left midfielder.
Junior Ajayi (Left Winger, Al-Ahly, 24-years-old) -
An established name in the Egyptian Premier League, Ajayi has appeared in 29 matches with 7 goals and 6 assists. Ajayi is highly focused scoring player who can play in all forward and winger positions.
Mostafa Mohamed (Centre-Forward, Zamalek, 22-years-old) –
Mohamed has shown a lot of promise in his 28 matches in the Egyptian Premier League, scoring 10 goals with 1 assist. Mohamed is a great player to build around and he can serve as a reserve for Rodrigo or Patrick Bamford.
Themba Zwane (Left Winger, Mamelodi Sundowns, 31-years-old) -
The South Africa star has appeared in 25 matches with 11 goals with 6 assists. He is best deployed out wide but can also play as a number 10 or an advanced 8. His form has seen him nominated for this season’s PSL Footballer of the season.
Mahmoud Alaa (Centre-Back, Zamalek, 29-years-old) –
This centre-back has shown good defensive work and he has scored 10 goals during the 2019-20 Egyptian Premier League season. That is a rare number for a defender and Leeds should pick him up to serve as a backup centre-back for Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente (although that would be harsh on Pascal Struijk).
Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (Goalkeeper, Wydad Casablanca, 24-years-old) –
This veteran goalkeeper appeared in 29 matches with over 2600 minutes. His great size and frame and his role as a key player for Wydad’s run in the 2020 CAF Champions League is something Leeds should look into. And he is not Kiko Casilla.
Soufiane Rahimi (Centre-Forward, Raja Casablanca, 24-years-old) –
Rahimi is a key player for Raja’s recent success in their previous season in the Moroccan League and the 2020 CAF Champions League. Having played in 28 matches, Rahimi scored 10 goals with 9 assists. He can play the winger positions as well which suits him to be in Leeds attacking lineup alongside Rodrigo and Bamford.
Let us know in the comments below, or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter, which players you liked on this list that Leeds United should get for the next transfer window. There will be more tournament scouting reports soon, stay tuned.