ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga says southern African teams can now compete on equal footing with their counterparts
from the north.
Kamanga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the quality of football displayed in the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) region has improved.
“Gone are the days when North African clubs could stand over COSAFA teams. Over the years, we have always waited for the North Africans to take a lead. But now the competition is quite open even to southern African teams.
“So far, teams from COSAFA have done well. The good example is Sundowns, who won the Champions League last year, they are from South Africa. So, that in itself is giving hope that there is a power shift when it comes to the continental championship,” Kamanga said.
Zimbabwean champions Caps United, Sundowns, Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique and Zanaco are competing in the Champions League group stage.
North African teams have dominated the CAF inter-club competitions for a long time with Egyptian giants Al Ahly having won a record eight CAF Champions League titles, four African Cup Winners Cups and six Super Cup trophies.