Iron Duke Irvin Khoza wants more continental success for South African clubs

Iron Duke Irvin Khoza wants more continental success for South African clubs
Irvin Khoza

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 12:30

Following SuperSport United's exploits in the CAF Confederation Cup, Orlando Pirates and Premier Soccer League chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza says he is happy to see local sides doing well in the continent.

Khoza said the South African PSL cannot be regarded as one of the best leagues in Africa if local clubs are not doing well in CAF competitions.

Should Amatsantsa A Pitori go on to beat TP Mazembe in the CAF Confed Cup final next month, they will join Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns as the only sides who have tasted continental glory in South Africa.

The Buccaneers bagged the CAF Champions League gold medal in 1995 and coach Pitso Mosimane's side followed when they lifted it in 2016.

Although they failed to defend it this year, their neighbours are on the verge of bringing the CAF Confed Cup to SA as they are led by ex-Pirates mentor Eric Tinkler.

“We can’t say we are the best league in Africa and yet our teams are not doing well in CAF competitions. We have to conquer Africa by winning CAF competitions and only then can we regard ourselves as the best league,” said Khoza to IOL.

“It is important to do well in Africa. The one thing it does is that it helps to improve the brand of the club. So (playing in CAF competitions) is not just about money but about enhancing the brand.

“If we want our league to be dominant like the English Premier League then (competing in) Africa is the way to go.

“You always find people wearing the soccer jerseys of these (English) clubs around the globe and we also want that. We want to enhance our reputation.”



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