CAF : From four representatives in CAF to only one for South Africa
Mamelodi Sundowns remain South Africa’s only club still competing in the continental competition, after Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs exited the CAF Confederation Cup and Champions League respectively.
South Africa went into the 2015 edition of CAF Confederation Cup and Champions Leagues with two representatives in each competition. South Africa got four spots after the heroics of Orlando Pirates in the 2013 edition. South African teams have struggled to dominate these competitions.
South Africa has world-class infrastructure in the continent and the world, but teams from here still struggle to even reach the Group Stages. Teams like Zamalek and Al Ahly are always in the group stages and even go further to feature in the semi-finals if not the final of both the CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League.
Ajax Cape Town where the first team to bow out of the CAF Confederation Cup after being beating 2- 0 at home by Sagrada, this was after winning 2-1 away.
Bidvest Wits meanwhile showed great fight in trying to reverse a first leg 3-0 home defeat to Azam FC, the Clever Boys scoring three goals in Tanzania, yet still ending up 4-3 losers on the day, and going down 7-3 on aggregate. Jabulani Shongwe, Koeikantse Mosiatlhaga and Henrico Botes were on the score-sheet for Gavin Hunt’s side in the east African nation.
Kaizer Chiefs meanwhile gave their all in the Ivory Coast, but could only manage a 0-0 draw with continental giants ASEC Mimosas, which saw the AmKhosi losing their CAF Champions League first round tie 1-0 on aggregate after last week’s 1-0 home defeat.
Sundowns secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Congo Brazzaville outfit AC Leopards, following a 1-1 second leg draw on Saturday at the Stade Denis Sassou Nguesso in Dolisie.
Hlompho Kekana netted with a long range screamer to put the Brazilians in the driving seat, 3-0 up on aggregate after last week’s 2-0 victory. Although Leopards slotted in an 89th-minute penalty, Downs were able to comfortably move through to the next round of the Champions League.