Congratulations to all our clubs for their encouraging results, there is a sign that these club are taking Caf tournaments quite serious.
Herein are the results for our SA Teams first leg games over the past weekend in the Caf Tournaments:
- Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2 and Kampala Capital City Authority FC 1 (Champions League).
- Al Ahly FC 1 and Wits University FC 0 (Champions League).
- Al Ahly Shandi FC 3 and Supersport United FC 2 (Confederation Cup).
- Uganda Vipers FC 1 and Platinum Stars FC 0 (Confederation Cup).
Sundowns, the 2016 Caf Champions League Champs, played at home and their local counterparts- Wits, Supersport and Platinum Stars battled it out away. Given that all these teams will be playing their second leg games and on the quality of the opposition and hostility of the away supporters Wits results were satisfactorily. What makes Wits also commendable, they played their best team, showing how serious are they this time around.
There are reasons why these results are worrying, namely;
- The away goal which Sundowns opponents Kampala Capital City Authority scored, meaning that Kampala need to beat Sundowns 1-0 in Uganda and they will go through.
- 2 of the 3 teams who played away, Wits and Platinum Stars never scored a goal,
- Supersport played, not their best team. Is Coach Baxter reserving players for the Nedbank, not taking Caf tournament serious?
What is encouraging about the past results are the following:
- Supersport United scored 2 goals away, needs just 1 goal to score and are capable of doing that.
- Sundowns are capable of scoring away.
- Wits can score 2 goals at home.
- Platinum Stars can score 2 goals at home.
Let us wait for the second leg which are this weekend namely:
- 18 March KCCA FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns FC 16:00 in Kampala Uganda.
- 18 March Supersport United FC v Al Ahli Shendi FC 18:00 Pretoria South Africa.
- 18 March Platinum Stars FC v Vipers FC 20:00 Rustenburg South Africa.
- 19 March Wits University FC v Al Ahly FC 15:30 Johannesburg South Africa.
This is one of the much anticipated results in our country, I wish all these clubs go through, as this will be great for country and region, Sadec.
The other question is, with the recent election of Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar as the Caf President, whose country is the part the Sadec Region, will this spur all these and other regional clubs including countries in the region to start to dominate African football?