More SA teams allowed in CAF tournaments

CAF has increased the number of South African clubs participating in continental competition.

The Confederation of African Football has increased the number of South African teams participating in continental competition. Picture: Official CAF Facebook Page.

CAPE TOWN - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revised the number of South African clubs participating in the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup.

With South Africa rated as one of the top twelve African countries as far as club competitions are concerned, CAF has agreed to include two South African clubs in the CAF Champions League instead of one.

The same will apply in the CAF Confederation Cup.

South Africa will therefore have four clubs participating in continental competitions this year.

Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns and runners ups Kaizer Chiefs qualify to play in the CAF Champions League.

Nedbank Cup winners Orlando Pirates and third place PSL finishers Bidvest Wits qualify for slots in the Confederation Cup.

All four clubs have been asked to confirm their participation before being formally entered into the respective tournaments.

PSL CEO, Brand de Villiers welcomed the news.

"This is good news for the PSL and South African football at large as this provides an opportunity for our clubs to compete at international level and gain valuable experience. Through continental participation we also get an opportunity to showcase our League globally and to increase our footprint."