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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane explains why North Africa dominates football on the continent

Posted: 7 November 2018 Time: 07:00

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained why North Africa has a stranglehold on football on the continent.

For long the CAF Champions League, Confederation Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations have been dominated by clubs and countries from the north of the continent.

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A total of 12 North African clubs have won the Champions League, including previously when the competition was known as the African Cup of Champions.

In this year’s edition of the Champions League, three of the four teams in the semi-finals were from North Africa. Al Ahly are looking to win it for an unprecedented ninth time after taking a 3-1 first leg lead against Tunisian giants Esperance in the final. The second leg will be played this weekend.

“They are dominating, let’s be honest, if you look at the number of times teams from North Africa have won it [the Champions League]. But you must also understand that North African teams are old teams in terms of generations. You find teams from the 1800s. They’ve long been part of this thing,” Mosimane said.

“Look at how many times Al Ahly have won it and check the number of years they have been around. Yes, West Africa was in that space, but it has been dominated by North Africa. I think it’s time it shifted to the south hey. We need to double our efforts.”

Mosimane says North Africans also have a way of intimidating the opposition.

“The big thing about North Africans is all about the intimidation. It’s about how the officials handle the stress and the pressure. People invade the pitch. When we were playing Setif I remember at one stage one of my players was running down the line from the right side and the bottles were dropping from the top. I mean how do you keep playing?

“It’s a different environment that CAF and FIFA really, in my opinion, have to look at because we can’t have North Africa dominating not only because of the play. This is not supposed to happen at the highest level.”

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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