The CAF Champions league is very important to the Sundowns team and the South African football as a whole. Sundowns must make sure they win it. The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is regarded as one of the best leagues in the world, but our teams are yet to show the world that our league is the best in the African continent.
Our national team’s standard is very low currently, due to undermining the CAF competitions by our PSL teams. If our teams cannot beat the rest of other top African teams, there is no way we may win the AFCON or any other tournament in the continent, let alone dream about playing in the world cup. Currently the national team is failing to qualify for the AFCON and we seem not to know what the problems are while we have a clear answer in front of us. Our national team is not doing well because our PSL teams are not doing well in the CAF competitions. Sundowns’ campaign in the CAF Champions League is very important for the team and our country, not forgetting the respect that we used to get from African teams.
Sundowns is up against the best teams in their group and they really need full support of all South Africans in this campaign. They will be representing the country in the competition and also our league. We as South Africans must support Sundowns by all means throughout this competition. We must stop the rivalry just for this competition and make sure we put the interest of our country first. Mamelodi Sundowns is now South Africa for this competition.
If we compare the leagues that most African teams play, we should be very ashamed of how our football is so low in standard. Most of the leagues in the African continent are not professional and the facilities are very poor, yet those teams end up beating us like we are the ones with unprofessional league and bad facilities. Sundowns must show the rest of the continent that we are best in football business from now on.
Sundowns must ask for advice from Pirates regarding some of the African countries. Pirates is known and respected in the rest of the continent as they have managed to reach 2 different CAF finals in the space of 2 years between 2013 and 2015. They command great respect from African teams and Sundowns should use that as an advantage.
For Sundowns to win the CAF Champions League, the national team will have enough depth of players to select and that will also be a moral boost for our national team. Our national team coach must also encourage teams to participate in CAF competitions. Gone should be those days where South African teams would only be knocked out in the first round of CAF competitions.
We are all behind coach Pitso Mosimane and the boys in their campaign to bring back the glory days of South African soccer. We should all be yellow when Sundowns are doing us proud. It is all about regaining the respect we deserve from other countries right here at home in Africa. Surely Sundowns will make the country proud.