Ex-Pirates keeper Williams Okpara backs Mamelodi Sundowns for CAF Super Cup clash with TP Mazembe
Posted: 17 February 2017 Time: 15:20
Retired goalkeeper Williams Okpara is backing Mamelodi Sundowns to make a bold statement by winning the CAF Super Cup and prove that they are the undisputed kings of continental club football.
As Champions League winners - Sundowns - will play host to Confederation Cup holders TP Mazamebe in a once off tie on Saturday at Loftus (19h00) to determine who takes the Super Cup, which decides who is ultimately standing at the top between the winners of Africa’s top two club competitions.
Having won the Super Cup in 1996 the year after Orlando Pirates were crowned the African Cup of Champions Clubs (now Champions League), Okpara speaks from the heart about this contest.
“I just hope everyone has now realised how big the Super Cup is. This is about pride and prestige,” notes Okpara talking to KickOff.com.
On that day – March 2, 1996 – a crowd of just under 20 000 found reason to be at the old FNB Stadium as The Bucs overcame JS Kabyile of Algeria courtesy of a strike by Bruce Ramokadi.
“This is a match that not only gives you the privilege of lifting another trophy but gives you the opportunity to make a bold stament as Champions League winners.
“There is also no doubt in this case that this will be a match that gives a reflection of how strong a league the PSL is now. Along with that it will also give Sundowns a chance to show Mazembe that they now rule this continent.
“I know that some people don’t realise how huge the Super Cup is but then the fact that there is no higher stage than this on the continent should make you aware that this is the real deal.
“Having won this cup with Pirates I am obviously praying that Sundowns becomes the second club from South Africa to lift it just like they were also the second club from this country to win the Champions League after Pirates.
“A lot of fans only watched Sundowns lift the Champions League on television so this is their chance to come in numbers to witness the crowning moment. This will be like attaining the highest qualification in university, making a statement,” explains Okpara.
The Nigerian remains a celebrated figure at Pirates for helping the club to their greatest ever achievement on the continent.