Estrela da Amadora's players have been paid two months' salary and have called off their strike, which would have affected the club's Liga match against Paços de Ferreira this weekend.
Egyptian side Al Ahly have won the sixth African Champions League, four of them, including this one, under Portuguese coach Manuel José, 62. They drew 2-2 at Cameroonian side Cotton Sport,
but had won the first leg 2-0 in Cairo. Manuel José has won 17 titles in total with the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th (and 101st) goals for Manchester United on Saturday as his team beat Stoke City 5-0 at Old Trafford. "I feel proud and very happy," he said.
The Estrela da Amadora
squad have officially given notice that they will strike if salaries are not paid to them. The president of the club, António Oliveira, promised them the payment of one month's salary (out of at least four months, although some players are owed more) on Friday – a total of 142,000 euros for 41 professionals. But the money did not appear and the squad filed notice of a strike with the Players' Union. Meanwhile, the club has issued a press release saying that one month's salary will be paid on Monday, and that it could not be paid on Friday merely because of administrative constraints. Estrela will play
Benfica on Sunday (five days' notice is needed for a strike) but will not play the games against Paços de Ferreira on 30 November or Sporting
on 7 December unless they are paid what is due to them. Their game against FC Porto, originally scheduled for 23 November, has already been moved to 17 December on Estrela's request.
The Estrela squad, including coach Lito Vidigal, gave a press conference on Friday to highlight the difficulties they are having to cover the most basic of personal expenses and to threaten a walk-out if a solution
is not found. Some players of Estrela da Amadora
are owed seven months' salary. The Players' Union is to make 100,000 euros available to the players from its Salary Guarantee Fund. The president of the Union, Joaquim Evangelista, has pointed out that the club was only permitted to compete in the top flight this season, like all clubs, after it produced a declaration from a chartered accountant that all salaries were paid up, which, he said, "was false".
Director of Football Rui Costa has been appointed as a Director of Benfica SAD, the administrative arm of the club.