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 By Mark Gleeson

Mamelodi Sundowns benefit from CAF's repeated oversights

Can Mamelodi Sundowns make the most of their second chance and win the African Champions League?

On Tuesday, 34 days after they were eliminated from the African Champions League, big-spending South African club Mamelodi Sundowns were reinstated.

That such a turnaround came to pass is due to the most extraordinary stroke of good fortune, although how the error which led to it was spotted only at this late hour must be of concern and acute embarrassment to the Confederation of African Football.

Sundowns' reprieve came after the disqualification of AS Vita Club from the Democratic Republic of...

 By Mark Gleeson

African Confederation Cup boasts a crowded, talented final eight

Etoile Sahel will be a tough test as the CAF Confederation Cup enters its eight-team group stage.

It was late into the night on Wednesday when the last of the knockout-round matches in this year's African club competitions were completed and the lineup for next week's group phase draw decided.

Two games in Morocco delivered positive results for the locals with Kawkab Marrakech and FUS Rabat advancing to join six others in the last eight of the African Confederation Cup. Morocco will be the only country to have two teams in the group phase, mirroring Egypt's achievement in the African Champions...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's domestic league giving fans enough reason to keep it local

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Nigerian football fans can now shift focus from scenes of Leicester City's trophy presentation back to their local league.

Barring a few Cup Finals, and of course the UEFA Champions League, the major European leagues came to a close last weekend.

And what a season it has proven to be.

England, as usual, led the way for the dramatics, with Leicester City's dream title triumph signposting what could be the dreams of many a small club, especially with the expected windfall from their new broadcast deal starting next season.

The playing field is gradually levelling up, promising the mouthwatering prospect of even more surprises...

 By Mark Gleeson

CAF's changes to club competitions need more than expanded teams

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USM Alger head coach Miloud Hamdi takes part in training session.

A bigger CAF Champions League is on the cards from next year, with the size of the group phase doubled to 16 teams. However, the prize money on offer for clubs is unlikely to be doubled, so participation in Africa's top club tournament will remain a financial burden rather than a windfall for all but the teams who make it to the final four.

The exorbitant cost of travel on the continent means most clubs have to rely on government assistance -- offered as a PR move to "keep the flag flying" -- to...

 By Mark Gleeson

Who will be South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria's over-age Olympic players?

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Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune appears set to be one of South Africa's three over-age players.

A newspaper leak in South Africa revealed a rather embarrassing list of pedantic possibilities for South Africa's Olympic team, as they consider which over-age players to pick to strengthen the side for the men's football tournament in Rio.

Coach Owen da Gama's list looked more like a collection of personal favourites and brought howls of derision, followed by a rapid but unconvincing denial as spin doctors at the South African Football Association "slipped" an alternative list to the media.

The...

 By Colin Udoh

La Liga partnership a boost to Nigerian Premier League's growth prospects

La Liga, won by Barcelona last season, has signed a partnership agreement with the Nigerian Premier League.

This week, Nigeria's league organising body signed a landmark partnership agreement with their La Liga counterparts from Spain.

Beyond the optics, this is a hugely significant step by the League Management Company and underlines the strategic thinking behind their decisions and actions since starting five years ago.

Up until then, the Nigerian league had been a complete mess. Violence, manipulated results, horrible pitches and poor games, among other things, had seen fans desert stadia across the...