Do you know the greatest CAF champions league winners? We have listed some of them for you. Here is our list:
Hossam Hassan featured in the team that won the Caf Champions League twice when he was playing with Al-Ahly. He is no doubt the greatest African footballer who has won Africa’s biggest football club prize.
He was Egypt’s all-time top scorer as well and ranks as one of the most capped players in the men’s soccer game in the globe. In 1998 and 2006 his team carried the African champion trophy.
Mohamed Aboutrika also known as the Smiling Assassin played for Al-Ahly for a long time during which his team won the Champions League 5 times. He was among the players that were instrumental in making Al-Ahly the the best club side in African football.
He was so loved by the fans of the Al-Ahly. However, he never played in any European club nor featured in any world cup tournament because of the failure of his country, Egypt to qualify. He was a part of the Egyptian team that won the Caf Champions League in 2006 and 2008.
Essam El-Hadary was the oldest player to have ever featured in a world cup. During his days as a footballer, he won a lot of silver awards.
When he was playing with Al-Ahly his team won the Caf Champions League four times. When Egypt won the Afcon titles for three consecutive he was a member of the team that achieved the landmark.
In 1998 his team won the Nations Cup.
Thomas N’Kono is an African goalkeeper from Cameroon and cannot be forgotten from this list. He did great exploits while playing for Cameroon at African tournaments and in World Cups. He featured in Spanish football for a good number of years while playing with the Espanyol football side.
His team won the Champions League in 1978 and 1980 while playing with Canon Yaounde.
Wael Gomaa is the player with the most trophies that made it to this list. He has 6 CAF Champions League medals to his credit.
Just like some other players that made it to this list Wael Gomaa was among the Egyptian team that won the Afcon title three consecutive times, but he never had the opportunity to feature in the world cup because of the inability of Egypt to qualify.
He missed the opportunity of playing with a European club when Blackburn Rovers did not sign him after trials.
Bibo El Khatib:
His full name is Mr. Ahly, El Khatib. For 16 years, between the 70s and 80s, he played for the Red Devils of Congo.
Bibo El Khatib won 10 trophies in Egypt and was an African champion in 1982 and 1987 respectively.
This was when the Cairo heavyweights had their glorious days. They had two triumphs to their credit as well as winning the African Cup Winners’ Cups three times. In all, within 5 years, they had five major continental triumphs to their credit.
Commonly called ‘Theo Abega’, was a midfielder, and his cerebral style of play earned him the nickname ‘The Doctor’. He played for about 10 years with Canon Yaounde during which he became the African champion in 1980.
In 1984 he moved over to Toulouse, and this was the year he was the captain of the Cameroonian team that won the Afcon trophy.
Theophile Abega won the third position in the African Footballer of the Year award in 1980 because of the roles he played in making Canon a continental hero.
Noureddine Naybet played with a Spanish club, Deportivo La Coruna where he became a champion in 2000. He achieved this mark 7 years after coming back from break and moving over from Wydad Casablanca to European football with Nantes.
Noureddine Naybet plays as a center-back defender and was good at it. His club WAC won the Champions League in 1992 when Al-Hilal of Sudan lost to them in the final. This was before he migrated out of his country.
Rainford Kalaba migrated to Europe to play for clubs like Sporting Braga and OGC Nice, but his stay was short-lived. However, his football career in Africa was a huge success.
He played a significant role in the Zambian team that lifted the African Nations Cup in 2012. However, it may not have gone down well with him that he could not consolidate on this landmark achievement outside the shores of the continent.
He joined the Tout Puissant Mazembe in 2011 and his team won a lot of trophies like the CAF Champions League in 2015. They won the Confederation Cup in 2016 and defended it in 2017.
Vincent Enyeama was an outstanding Nigerian goalkeeper. While playing with Enyimba FC, his team won the Champions League two consecutive times, in 2003 and 2004.
His outing during these two finals against Ismaily and Etoile du Sahel secured him the contract to play in foreign countries. He first played in Israel and later moved over to Ligue 1 side Lille.
He was a member of the Nigerian national team that won the Afcon Cup in 2013.