CAF jackpot awaits Chiefs and Sundowns

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Downs co-coach Rhulani Mokwena expects a tough tactical battle against his former principal, Mosimane. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu / BackpagePix
Downs co-coach Rhulani Mokwena expects a tough tactical battle against his former principal, Mosimane. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu / BackpagePix

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Should they progress to the next round of the CAF Champions League, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are in line for a massive financial windfall.

The two South African clubs are in the quarterfinals of the premier continental club competition and will bank a mouthwatering $875 000 (R12.3 million) if they reach the semifinals.

The PSL giants are already guaranteed R9 million for making it to the last eight.

Clubs who go all the way to the final are guaranteed R17.6 million, while the winning club receives R35.3 million.

The prize money could be increased next season if comments by new CAF president Patrice Motsepe are anything to go by.

Motsepe, who relinquished his position as Sundowns owner after becoming the CAF boss, will watch as a neutral when the Brazilians face their former coach, Pitso Mosimane, in their quarterfinal tie in Cairo on Saturday. The game kicks off at 9pm South African time.

READ: A big week for Pitso Mosimane

The highly anticipated first-leg clash is undoubtedly the pick of the CAF Champions League quarterfinals this weekend.

Mosimane will be reunited with the team he led for eight years. The 56-year-old guided Sundowns through an incredibly successful era in which they won 11 trophies after he took charge in December 2012.

The club reached the pinnacle of African football by winning the Champions League and CAF Super Cup in 2016 and 2017.

Downs co-coach Rhulani Mokwena expects a tough tactical battle against his former principal, Mosimane.

“Al Ahly are a well-coached side and you can see that there’s been a lot of investment from the technical team. Of course, we know the amount of work coach Pitso puts in behind the scenes,” said Mokwena.

“We know they’ll come well prepared and we expect a very difficult match.”

We know they’ll come well prepared and we expect a very difficult match
Rhulani Mokwena

The fixture is a repeat of last season, when Al Ahly won 3-1 on aggregate under Swiss coach René Weiler.

Meanwhile, Chiefs will host Simba SC from Tanzania in the first leg of their last eight game at FNB Stadium on Saturday (6pm).

Amakhosi surprised many by qualifying for this stage of the competition.

Coach Gavin Hunt’s men have found some reprieve from their domestic struggles in the CAF tournament.

“I didn’t know a lot about Simba, but after doing research on them, I realised that they’re a big team who’ve done well in the competition in the past few years,” said Chiefs defender Reeve Frosler.

“I think we have a good chance. No one gave us a chance in the group stages, so anything’s possible. Simba arrived early in the country and would have watched our league game on Wednesday [against Swallows], but we’ll prepare for them differently.”

Chiefs head into Saturday’s game after sharing the spoils with Swallows with a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium.

Meanwhile, in the Confederation Cup, Orlando Pirates will host Raja Casablanca of Morocco at Orlando Stadium at 3pm on Sunday.


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