Latest reports reveal that Egypt and South Africa will have four clubs in the CAF Champions League as of 2018 following changes by the continent’s football governing body, CAF.
Although South Africa only had two teams representing the country in the continental club competition, that is set to change next year.
Winners of the Premier Soccer League (Absa Premiership) and the runners-up gained automatic qualification in the tournament and SAFA boss Danny Jordaan said things are about to change.
The changes were discussed during CAF’s football symposium held in Morocco last week where CAF competitions are set to run from August-May.
‘‘If you look at what is happening in the Premier League in England‚ the first thing those clubs try to do is win the league title and if they can’t do it‚ then the next motivation is to try to get into the top four to have a guarantee of going into the UEFA Champions League‚” Jordaan said.
‘‘As you can see for both Egypt and South Africa they (CAF) have allocated four places in the Champions League and that is on the basis that these teams are strong‚ thriving and truly professional teams.
‘‘Some of our teams (in SA) can compete with the best clubs anywhere in the world. But it is not so for every country in the world.
‘‘This is something we have to greatly support and give more attention to‚ which is part of the reason why we come here (to SA) in September to address this matter.
‘‘Even professional football in this country has come a long way and it is now that it has taken a step up. It is not so on the rest of the continent.”
The changes in the South African football come after reigning African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns clinched the CAF Champions League last year.
In this year’s edition, the Brazilians are in the quarter-finals whilst SuperSport United are in the same stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.