CAF president Patrice Motsepe set the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for the Super League. Image Source: (@CAFOnline/Twitter)

CAF president Patrice Motsepe set the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for the Super League. Image Source: (@CAFOnline/Twitter)

CAF boss: How Chiefs & Pirates didn’t qualify for Super League

CAF president Patrice Motsepe sets the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for the Super League.

CAF president Patrice Motsepe set the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for the Super League. Image Source: (@CAFOnline/Twitter)

CAF president Patrice Motsepe set the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for the Super League. Image Source: (@CAFOnline/Twitter)

CAF boss Patrice Motsepe sets the record straight on why Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs didn’t qualify for the African Super League.

This comes as Mamelodi Sundowns are set to become the only South African side to play in the inaugural Super League.

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Motsepe, who is the Sundowns owner, says the clubs that are set to play in the CAF Super League were chosen according to rankings.

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Per iDiski Times, Motsepe was speaking ahead of the AFCON draw in Cote d’Ivoire’s capital city, Abidjan on Thursday.

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As also reported by The South African, there is said to be resistance from PSL clubs to allow Sundowns to compete in the Super League.

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As published by this publication, PSL clubs were concerned that Sundowns’s participation would lead to the extension of the 2023/24 domestic campaign.

“You asked about Mamelodi Sundowns, my job involves every single football club and nation on the continent – and specifically about South Africa, the test was rankings, the test was taking the CAF and FIFA rankings,” Motsepe said.

CAF president Patrice Motsepe set the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for Super League. Image Source: (@CAFOnline/Twitter)
CAF president Patrice Motsepe set the record on why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates didn’t qualify for the Super League. Image Source: (@CAFOnline/Twitter)

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“Where do you qualify? At what level are you based on your successes and victories and how many times you’ve been in the Champions League or won the Champions League…

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“So if you apply those criteria very strictly, some zones in Africa don’t qualify and I can’t allow that.”

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The mining magnate, Motsepe added that the criteria and methods for selections were clear and based on meritocracy within each zone.

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“You speak about WAFU, I want every single zone to have a club in the African Football League,” Motsepe explained.

“So if I had things the way I wanted them, three clubs in South Africa qualified; Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns.

“But because of the inaugural African Football League, based on the performances of those clubs and the rankings they get from CAF, there’s only one that qualified. 

“And let me say this as President of CAF, in terms of the communication of the African Football League which is a CAF competition.

“And as President of CAF, I have to take responsibility, because there’s a limitation that you can’t communicate with the football clubs in any country directly.”

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