Tuesday May 30, 2017. 13:00
Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler has discussed challenges faced by a club participating in CAF club competitions.
The Citizens booked their place in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup after finishing third on the 2016/17 Absa Premiership log standings.
Tinkler guided Orlando Pirates to the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup final where they narrowly lost to Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel.
"You know if you finish third, that's where you go, the Confederation Cup,” Tinkler told the media.
“You obviously have to reassess the squad come the end of the season, although we have already started doing that.
“You are always looking to strengthen the squad and get depth, but for us to achieve that in our first season is fantastic," he added.
"And giving guys the opportunity of experiencing what CAF competitions are all about, what it is like to travel in Africa … the more players that experience that, the better, obviously, for the national team.
“John [Comitis] himself wants us to get there and he knows it is obviously going to be very important for us to look for sponsorships to aid because we know all the costs that goes into going into CAF," he continued.
"But I think now also I believe that the PSL helps to a certain degree with the funding so I think that takes a little bit of weight off the clubs.
“But I think sponsorships are needed in our game to ensure teams do go there – if you’ve got teams from Mali and Gabon," he explained.
"And the ends of the earth that financially don’t have what we have in our country, you have to be questioning why it is that we can’t go, so we’ll find a way.”