CAF kings Sundowns target FIFA glory

Teko modise fight for ball against Zamalek's Ahmed Hassan . IMAGE : GIFT NDOLWANE

Teko modise fight for ball against Zamalek’s Ahmed Hassan . IMAGE : GIFT NDOLWANE

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AFTER their crowning as African Champions, South African side Mamelodi Sundowns has set its sights on the FIFA Club World Cup Japan in December.

They have booked their berth at the tournament courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate win over Zamalek of Egypt on Sunday evening.

Sundowns players celebrate goal against Zamalek . IMAGE : GIFT NDOLWANE

Sundowns players celebrate goal against Zamalek . IMAGE : GIFT NDOLWANE

The Brazilians join Auckland City (Oceania champions), Club Americana (North America) and Real Madrid (Europe), who have already qualified.

Star performer, Khama Billiat, described the historic crowning in Alexandria as “an amazing journey of ups and downs.”

“We now look forward to Japan and facing the best clubs in the game. It is going to be an absolute pleasure,” the Zimbabwean midfielder said.

Besides securing a berth in the global tournament, Sundowns banked US$1,5 million (about R14 million) in prize money.

President of the South African Football Association, Danny, Jordaan, praised the new African champions and was confident they would transfer their form in the continent to Japan.

“I want to wish Sundowns all the best in their next assignment and I am confident they are up to the challenge. They showed their tenacity and technical know-how in overcoming Zamalek over the two legs.”

The opposition Democratic Alliance expressed hope Sundowns’ their success will spark a revival of South Africa’s dominance in African football.
– CAJ News

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