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Mphahlele, Malajila, Ngele, Moriri, Mashego, Ngobeni miss out on CAF Champions League medal

Posted: 31 October 2016 Time: 11:48

Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Cuthbert Malajila are among the players that have missed out on a CAF Champions League medal despite helping Mamelodi Sundowns win Africa's premier club competition.

Sundowns emulated Orlando Pirates' 1995 continental exploits when they beat Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate in the final in Alexandria, Egypt on October 23.

Mphahlele captained Downs in the tournament before leaving the club to join Kaizer Chiefs in June, while Malajila traded the league champions for Bidvest Wits along with Mogakolodi Ngele the following month.

Surprise Moriri, Katlego Mashego and Thela Ngobeni also departed Chloorkop prior to the team's historic triumph.

"It's the norm. It happens all over the world... at Bayern, Manchester, the players that left the club don't get the medal," Sundowns CEO Sizwe Ndzimande told KickOff.com.

Club president Patrice Motsepe revealed the R20.9-million prize money will be shared by the players. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula also gave the players R700 000 for their efforts, with Motsepe later urging Pitso Mosimane's men to spend the money wisely.

Motsepe said: "With the R20m I am saying go and buy whatever car you want, but also take some of the money and save for the future because you know football is a short career.

"Let's take some of the money and save it for the days when you are no longer playing football anymore."

Ndzimande added: "The issue of money is still to be discussed amongst the players. Remember the president allowed them to share amongst themselves and they still must decide how they want to share it."

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Article by: Ernest Fakude
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