CONCAFA Champions League | CONCAFA HQ.
The draw for the semi-finals of the 2016-17 CONCAFA Champions League has been made:
Adelphia Arsenal vs ALFA
Olympians vs UANL Tigres (Mexico)
The teams listed first will play the first leg at home. The final four teams are represented for the first time in eight years by three Eborian teams, and one Mexican team.
The draw means that Eboria are guaranteed one team in the final, with ALFA and Adelphia Arsenal (battling it out at the top of the league as well) squaring off. Olympians will have to get the most out of their first leg game, as they face a daunting trip to Mexico in the second leg.
World Nations Cup 2018 Qualifiers |CONCAFA Section
Eboria’s Men’s National Team lost their first game on Saturday night. Latania, facing an almost must-win scenario, won 2-1 at home with ten men. With Mario Lotti not firing on all cylinders, it has become the ‘time’ for Leo Cozza to shine. He grabbed a brace as Latania stayed alive in the race to qualify for the World Nations Cup.
Then, tonight, Eboria drew 1-1 at home to Aguador. Roman Baric’s second half finish cancelled out Luis Velasquez’z opener. With eight rounds played, Eboria top the group of eight (know as the Octagonal Group, or ‘The Oct’ with 17 points. Mexico are second, with 15 points, Marida are third (13 pts), then Costa Rica and United States are tied on 12 points each.
Eboria’s opponents, Aguador and Latania are hanging in there, with 9 and ten points respectively. Jamaica, with only one point from eight games will likely have to win out to gain any chance of making the fourth and final spot.
CONCAFA Champions League | ¼ Finals
RC SANTOS 1-2 ADELPHIA ARSENAL
(Adelphia Arsenal win 4-1 on aggregate)
Adelphia Arsenal booked another semi-final place with another text-book ehhibition of counter-attacking football. Head Coach Frank Lebeau praised his team afterwards.
Diego Martinez and Chris Bartowski scored for the away side, with Santos getting a very late consolation goal from Artur.
PACHUCA 2-1 ALFA
(2-2 on aggregate, ALFA win on away goals )
ALFA claimed their first semi-final place in five years, with an away goals win in Mexico.
ALFA were 2-0 down at half-time, but Lauren Féyembé struck with a free-kick with twenty minutes to go. That goal proved to be the killer blow for Pachuca, who tried with no-avail to break the ALFA lines any further.
OLYMPIANS 2-1 ANGEL FC
(Olympians win 4-3 on aggregate)
Angel failed in their quest to get back to CCL Final, they ran out of luck against the mid-table Olympians side, who have managed to get themselves up for the big games this season.
TIGRES 3-1 PUMAS
(Tigres win 4-2 on aggregate)
Tigres overpowered Pumas in the last Quarter-final tie. They led 3-0 at half-time and appeared to take their feet off the pedal for the second half. Pumas scored an consolation goal mid-way through the second half, but that was it for them. Frenchman Gignac scored a brace, giving him six for the competition.
CONCAFA Champions League | ¼ Finals
The first legs of the ¼ final stages of the CONCAFA Champions League have been completed. The four games left everything positioned nicely for the return games.
ADELPHIA ARSENAL 2-0 RC SANTOS
Adelphia scored at the beginning and at the end of this match. Luis Velasquez scored after three minutes, following good play from rookie Jordan Wilcox. With Santos looking for a vital away goal, Chris Bartowski intercepted a wayward pass and played an inch-perfect through pass to Velasquez who calmly outpaced the Santos defenders and finished under Santos goalkeeper Quimberto.
ALFA 1-0 PACHUCA
ALFA secured a template performance for this season, with a wily 1-0 win over Mexican giants Pachuca at the ALFA Arena. A first half Roman Baric strike was enough to keep things very open for the trip to Mexico.
ANGEL 2-2 OLYMPIANS
Angel continued from where they left off against Juvenese in the last round. They took an early 2-0 lead, with goals from Carlos Suárez and Giovanni. Patrick Brady must have made one heck of a half-time teamtalk. Olympians began the second half as a team possessed. Eventually they broke down the Angel defence and scored courtesy of a Martijn Bockel header. With six minutes remaining, Olympians got a vital second away goal, when Nelinho struck following a rebounded Bockel free-kick. With it square at 2-2, Olympians know 0-0, or 1-1 will get them through.
TIGRES 1-1 PUMAS
In the all-Mexican affair, there was nothing between Tigres and Pumas. One of these teams will make it through, but there was no apparent superiority following the first leg.
Melborg FC | Nike
Melborg FC have come to a deal for their kits to be made by Nike for the next four seasons. The deal brings an end to the 20 year partnership with Adidas.
The first set of kits will be for the 2017-18 ESL season. Spokesperson Adam Higgs said that “they were very excited by the new partnership agreement with the US firm, starting a new era for Melborg FC.”. He continued to give praise for Adidas, “we have had a long arrangement with Adidas, many of our fans put value in the three stripes brand, but we can get more from this deal and we are delighted to move forward in this way”.
Initial fan reactions on social media have been very, very mixed. Some fans have been delighted, others feel it is unwanted change or even a betrayal of Adidas!