Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League record: Masandawana’s success story

Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League record: Masandawana’s success story
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The history of Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League is a testament to the club's resilience, talent, and determination to excel on the African stage.

With a record of 77 wins, they have established themselves as one of the premier football clubs in South Africa and the entire continent.

This article delves into their journey, highlighting their participation, successes, and the significant impact of South African football clubs on the continental stage.

Apartheid's legacy and South African football's return to CAF

Andile Jali of Mamelodi Sundown during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 quarterfinal match
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Before we delve into Mamelodi Sundowns' CAF Champions League record, it is essential to understand the historical context in which South African football clubs began their participation in CAF competitions.

South Africa‘s Apartheid system led to the nation's isolation from international sports.

This ban extended to FIFA, meaning South African clubs couldn't participate in international competitions.

The ban lasted from 1976 to 1992, a period during which South African football languished in relative obscurity.

In 1993, following the dismantling of Apartheid, South African football clubs made a triumphant return to the international arena.

This marked the beginning of a new era that would see Mamelodi Sundowns rise to prominence in African club football.

The ban on South African clubs had kept them from competing in prestigious tournaments like the CAF Champions League.

As the shackles of Apartheid were lifted, the nation's football clubs were eager to make their mark on the African continent.

Mamelodi Sundowns: 16 appearances in the African Cup of Champions Clubs / CAF Champions League

Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League 21/22
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Mamelodi Sundowns' journey in the CAF Champions League began with their first appearance in the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1994, just a year after the end of apartheid.

While their initial entry was a significant milestone, it was their consistent participation in the competition from 1999 onwards that truly established their presence, when they reached the group stage for the first time.

During this historic campaign, they won an impressive 6 out of 10 games.

Over the years, they have participated in this prestigious tournament on 15 occasions, firmly cementing their status as regular contenders on the continental stage.

They are set to make their 16th appearance against Bumamuru FC on 15 September.

This consistent presence speaks volumes about the club's commitment to success and their ambition to become one of Africa's football giants.

Mamelodi Sundowns' remarkable journey in the CAF Champions League has seen them participate in a total of 232 games, with an impressive tally of 77 victories.

These statistics underscore their enduring commitment to excellence and their status as a formidable force in African club football.

With each match, they continue to write their story of success and contribute to the rich tapestry of footballing history on the continent.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Setting records and making history

Mamelodi Sundowns team picture before the 2019 TOTAL CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Athletic Club
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Mamelodi Sundowns have not only been participants but also record-setters in the CAF Champions League.

One of their most remarkable achievements was recorded during the 2019-2020 season when they faced Seychelles side Côte d’Or.

In a display of sheer dominance, Sundowns achieved the biggest victory in the history of the CAF Champions League.

They defeated Côte d’Or 11–1 at home and 16–1 on aggregate in the first round of the competition.

This astounding victory not only showcased their prowess but also demonstrated their potential to conquer African football.

In 2016, they lifted their first and so far only CAFCL trophy, and have been a regular in the latter stages for years.

As South African football clubs continue to participate in CAF competitions, Mamelodi Sundowns serve as an inspiration and a symbol of the nation's footballing revival.

Their journey in the CAF Champions League is a reminder that with perseverance and talent, even the darkest periods of history can be overcome, leading to the emergence of champions on the African continent.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old football journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. The Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBallLive readers.