Eric Tinkler Cape Town City

Thanks to an injury-time equaliser by Royal AM, Cape Town City FC have qualified for next season’s CAF Champions League. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/Sports Inc

OFFICIAL: Cape Town City FC qualify for CAF Champions League

Thanks to an injury-time equaliser by Royal AM, Cape Town City FC have qualified for next season’s CAF Champions League.

Eric Tinkler Cape Town City

Thanks to an injury-time equaliser by Royal AM, Cape Town City FC have qualified for next season’s CAF Champions League. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/Sports Inc

Thanks to an injury-time equaliser by Royal AM against Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City FC have qualified for next season’s CAF Champions League.

The Citizens will join champions Mamelodi Sundowns as Mzansi’s two representatives in Africa’s premier club competition in the 2022/23 season.

Well done to Cape Town City and coach Eric Tinkler

Congratulations to Eric Tinkler’s men! Party time in the Mother City.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers missed out on that CAF Champions League spot thanks to a 93rd-minute equaliser by Royal AM in their DStv Premiership clash on Friday.

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The Buccaneers had to win their final three matches of the season to accomplish the feat – and earlier this week ticked the first box in their quest to qualify for the CAF Champions League.

The Soweto giants proved far too strong for another KwaZulu-Natal side, Maritzburg United, winning 4-1 on Tuesday.

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Alas, Orlando Pirates stumbled at the second hurdle, despite taking a 2-0 lead after just seven minutes at the Chatsworth Stadium.

Deon Hotto opened the scoring in the third minute on Friday and Kwame Peprah doubled the Buccaneers’ lead four minutes later.

Royal AM then cut the deficit thanks to a 79th minute goal by Thabo Matlaba and then broke Orlando Pirates’ hearts with a 93rd minute equaliser by Mfundo Thikazi.

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The best Orlando Pirates now can hope for is a win over SuperSport United on Monday, 30 May in their final match of the season which could earn the Soweto side a CAF Confederation Cup spot.

However, they would need to beat Matsatsantsa by FIVE clear goals to move ahead of Royal AM who now occupy the all-important third place berth.

All eyes will be glued to the Lucas Moripe Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 18:00.

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