Sundowns look forward to African safari


Stars, who will be making their maiden appearance in Africa’s richest tournament, have been pitted against Lesotho Correctional Services in the first round and then, if they advance to the second round, will face either US Tampoinnaise of Reunion or St Michel United.

The Tycoons’ managing director Larry Brookstone says one good reason to participate in the tournament is to market the team’s brand throughout the African continent.

“It terms of travelling, it’s just the same whether you play in Lesotho or fly to Morocco. I believe that all the teams will be tough, by virtue of the fact that they have qualified for the tournament.

“Lesotho may not be powerhouse in terms of football, but we won’t underrate our opponents. This will be a great experience for the players and good exposure for our brand throughout Africa.

“We will be meeting with our technical team soon to begin making preparations for the tournament. I must add, however, that for now we will be putting our focus on the domestic league and will only start intensive preparations for the CAF tournament after the festive season break.”

Platinum Stars play Lesotho Correctional Services at home on the weekend of February 15-17 and then travel to Maseru for return match on the weekend of February 29, March 1-2.

Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns are confident that this time around they will do much better.

Club spokesperson Daniel ‘Mambush’ Mudau said they had no complaints with the draw and added that the trip to Zanzibar would be a great test of character for his team's players.

“We learnt a lot in our last campaign and gained valuable experience. This time around we are more prepared although we don’t know anything about our opponents from Zanzibar.

“Overall, we are happy to be back in the Champions League and we will continue with our dream to conquer Africa".

The Brazilians face Miembeni SC of Zanzibar away from home in the first leg on the weekend of February 15-17.