Conquering Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns Guns for Caf Champions

Mamelodi Sundowns boss and billionaire mining magnet – Patrice Motsepe is edging closer to his dream – conquering Africa. 

Motsepe would trade all his football assets just to lay his hands on the Caf Champions League trophy.

And now he finds it within his grasp.

Downs face Zamalek in the Champions League final’s first leg in Atteridgeville on 14 October, with the return leg set for the weekend of 21 October, when the winner will be crowned champions.

The winner of the 2016 Champions League gets to represent Africa at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan from 8-18 December.

The mighty Brazilians are just two matches away from giving the mining billionaire the gift that he so wants badly.
The Brazilians are Set to Conquer Africa 

Motsepe was watching from the stands as his star-studded outfit defeated Zambian champions Zesco United 2-0 in the Champions League semifinal, second leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday to advance to the final on a 3-2 aggregate victory.

At the final whistle, Motsepe rushed down to the field to pay homage to the club’s passionate supporters and also had lengthy congratulatory discussions with his players in the changing-room afterwards.

He congratulated Zesco coach George Lwandamina for having gone this far in the competition and said South Africans would always owe their lives to the Zambians for their help during the struggle days.

Motsepe, who could not stop smiling after the Brazilians had booked their first continental cup final in 15 years, said he had motivated and encouraged the players to bring the trophy home.

Sundowns completed a double over their Egyptian rivals in the group stages in July.

But the final will be a different ball game, said Motsepe: “Nobody remembers the losers. And nobody will remember that you were in the final. The most important thing I’ve said to players is that they made us proud. The focus is to win the final and make history. It’s such a great honour to play in Africa and represent your country.”

The Downs boss stressed that his charges had won the league eight times, but he was now eyeing Africa’s premier club competition.

Motsepe said: “We have won the league many times but winning the Champions League is the greatest honour. I hope that they go to the final and give it their best.”

Motsepe also showered his technical team, led by coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane, with praise.

The mining billionaire added: “Pitso is doing a great job. He should take all the credit. My job is to motivate him and the players to do well – and they keep delivering.” - Daily Sun 

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