Absa Premiership

Sundowns win will boost 'Vision 2022' - Jordaan

2016-10-25 09:01
Shakes Mashaba and Danny Jordaan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has hailed Mamelodi Sundowns for winning the CAF Champions League title.

The Absa Premiership champions recorded a 3-1 aggregate victory over Egypt's Zamalek in the final of the continental showpiece.

'Downs claimed a 3-0 first-leg victory at home, before losing 1-0 in Alexandria on Sunday.

"I would like to congratulate Sundowns for their double achievement - becoming the Champions of Africa as well as qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup which will take place in Tokyo, Japan from December 8-18," Jordaan told the official SAFA website.

"To club president Patrice Motsepe and coach Pitso Mosimane, I would like to say you deserve all the accolades and you truly led from the front. This is a historical first for a South African club to qualify for the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup."

The SAFA president said the opportunity of playing in the FIFA Club World Cup pits Sundowns up against the likes of world club heavyweights Real Madrid, Athletico Nacional of Columbia and Mexico's Club America.

"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," said the SAFA president, adding that club success the world over always has positive spin offs on the success of national teams.

"This victory will serve South African football very well and will help in building a competitive Bafana Bafana side which is part of our 'Vision 2022'.

"The success of Spain is mainly because of the dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Europe and globally, so is Germany where the success of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund has always worked for the betterment of the country’s national team.

"Therefore, it is important that our clubs compete successfully in continental tournaments in order to build successful national teams.

"Generally, all our teams have improved in major tournaments in the recent past and Downs’ victory in the Champions League is clearly the cherry on top.

"In conclusion and on behalf of SAFA and football family, we want to reiterate our congratulations to coach Pitso Mosimane, his technical team, the players and the loyal Sundowns fans; South Africa stands tall on the African continent once again. Well done."

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  psl  |  danny jordaan  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Baroka FC, Athlone Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Wits v AmaZulu FC, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.