Zamalek SC head coach Patrice Carteron has questioned to struggles of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the CAF Champions League.
The Frenchman who lifted the African Champions League title with TP Mazembe in 2015, first arrived on the continent as the head coach of the Mali national team eight years ago.
With a vast experience of continental football after spells at Wadi Degla, Al Ahly and Raja Casablanca, he's revealed his opinion of North African football and the shortcomings of the Soweto giants.
"The secret of the dominance in North Africa is just a financial issue to me," Carteron tells KickOff.com.
"In Morocco they have money, in Tunisia they have money, a club like Esperance Tunis have big money, Egypt has good money."
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Although Pirates won the 1995 African Champions Cup, their best showing since then has been a runners-up place in the 2013 Champions League campaign, while Chiefs have failed to qualify for the group stages of the tournament since the changed format in 1997.
"I feel sometimes for South African teams the league is maybe more important over the African competition, maybe," the 49-year-old explains.
"Because financially the league is very strong and I don't know how to explain why Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs are not there in Champions League than Mamelodi Sundowns more often in the quarter-final."
Since succeeding Milutin Sredojević at the White Knights, Carteron has led the Egyptian side to nine wins in 16 games across all competitions.