Sundowns to have two teams in Africa

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns chairperson Anastasia Tsichlas is over the moon that women in Africa will be afforded an opportunity to play Champions League football.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently agreed at an executive meeting to start a women's Champions League.

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As inaugural champions of the SAFA National Women's League, Sundowns Ladies are set to compete in the first edition, meaning The Brazilians will be represented on the continent on two fronts.

"I'm very happy that my committee in CAF, the Women's Committee, we came up with the Champions League and then CAF agreed," Tsichlas tells KickOff.com.

"So Sundowns Ladies will be the first team to play. You know because of the coronavirus they crowned Sundowns Ladies the champions. Now they have proposed a Champions League in Africa for all the teams you know, the champions of each country.

"I'm very happy for that because at least women get another competition to participate in. So for women it's great news."

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The 'Iron Lady' was asked where the teams are going to get funds for traveling costs.

"We haven't got the details yet but it's a CAF competition. They agreed to our proposal as the CAF Women's Committee. I've been dreaming about this for many years. Perhaps I was maybe one of the first people talking about this.

"So South Africa, we always bring something in Africa you know [laughs]. Everybody liked that idea but it was in a way one of the proposals some of us made years ago. That's why I say this is a dream come true.

"We are waiting for all the details. The good thing is that everything has been passed through the Executive, because they are the NEC of CAF, they decide. So they agreed to it.

"As the Women's Committee they will send us the circular about how the whole competition will take place. So I'm waiting for this. In the meantime this is news because it just happened now."

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SAFA have also stated their excitement about the development.

"This can only help our national teams to grow from strength to strength and I would like to wish inaugural champions Mamelodi Sundowns all the best," said Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis.

Sundowns will become the first South African club to participate in both the male and female versions of the CAF Champions League.

"We hope the newly crowned Sundowns women's team will emulate their male counterparts in the Champions League competition," added SAFA acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe.

"This is a great credit to the investment of the Motsepe Foundation in schools, youth and women’s development."

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