Patrice Motsepe downplays Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League shortfall
Posted: 13 October 2017 Time: 17:30
Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe has downplayed his side’s exit from the CAF Champions League, as he backs more South African clubs to compete on the continent.
The reigning African Champions were recently denied the opportunity to go all the way and defend their crown, as Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca edged their two-legged quarter-final in a penalty shootout.
Despite their shortfall, Motsepe says he was made not to feel too disappointed upon the assurance that the team will return to the competition in February, by virtue of their second-place finish last season, while re-emphasising the importance of more PSL clubs competing on the continent.
“They said to me that they’ll be back in four months, so [I shouldn’t worry],” joked Motsepe. “But Africa, for us, is very important, of course.
“You’ve got to look at South African football in the context of it’s global competitiveness – all the teams are doing excellent work, including those not playing in Africa.
“I always say there’s about 8-10 clubs in this country that could, not just compete in Africa but, in my view, win the African Champions League, because the standard of the football in this country has improved significantly.
“What I like as well is the great interest and appreciation in realizing that we have to do well, not just [as Mamelodi Sundowns], I would even humbly suggest all our teams in the country.”