Pitso: Thank you, Pirates

CAF Champions League

Pirates success in reaching the CAF Confederation Cup final has ensured there is space for two South African clubs to participate in the CAF Champions League and a further two allocations in the CAF Confederation Cup for both 2017 and 2018.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will participate in the Champions League next year, as Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits represent the country the Confederation Cup.

Mosimane says the country is indebted to the Mighty Buccaneers for opening more doors for local teams to participate in continental competition.

“I want to congratulate Eric (Tinkler) and Orlando Pirates for giving us a chance to go to CAF,” the Brazilians coach said. “They gave us the opportunity to go there again next year after the accumulated points. They might have lost in the final, but they doing the country a favour.

“They gave us an opportunity to have two teams in the CAF Champions League, including Kaizer Chiefs, and gave Wits another opportunity to be in the Confederations Cup because they didn’t win any cup last year.

“Pirates have really given a chance for us change our mentality in Africa. We are doing our best at Sundowns - its difficult, but we have to try our best,” he added.

Sundowns will face Zimbabwe's Chicken Inn at the start of their 2016 Champions League campaign, while Chiefs face Volcan de Moroni from the Comoros.

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