Former Orlando Pirates defender Tomas Inguane says South Africa must not be celebrating having two clubs in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals because this is supposed to be a standard occurrence for the country.
This year has marked the first time that two PSL clubs came out alive from the group stages of the continent’s premier club competition with Kaizer Chiefs joining perennial campaigners Mamelodi Sundowns into the last eight.
"Two teams from South Africa in the quarter-finals must be happening all the time," Inguane tells KickOff.com from Maputo.
"Is South Africa not supposed to be a powerhouse on the continent considering the resources in the country? This is the country with the best infrastructure on the continent, the best league on the continent, the best paying league on the continent… South African clubs should be competing with clubs from Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt who at times even have two teams in the semi-finals or final. That is the level that PSL clubs should be comparing themselves to.
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"I thought that after Orlando Pirates won the Champions League in 1995, PSL clubs would also be winning this trophy every fifth year at worst but how many years did it take to have another champion from South Africa. It took 21 years. That is not good enough for South African clubs where players from all over the continent want to play. One player at one South African club might be earning enough to pay the salaries of the whole team for most teams from around the continent.
"South African clubs must start valuing CAF competitions a bit more so I am glad Sundowns and Chiefs are in the Champions League while Pirates will be qualifying for the Confederations Cup, this is how it is supposed to be," says Inguane while also pointing his fingers at Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the AFCON.
"I mean if Mozambicans are complaining about not qualifying for a 24 team AFCON then it should be a national disaster in South Africa if Bafana Bafana has also failed. I am surprised why South Africans are not upset about this total catastrophe. South Africa must be at every AFCON and every World Cup," says the retired Mozambican who won the league with Pirates in the 2000/01 season.