In the world of African football, Mamelodi Sundowns has emerged as a powerhouse, leaving an indelible mark on both the domestic and continental fronts.
The club's remarkable achievements in the calendar year 2023 have earned them a coveted spot on the shortlist for the prestigious CAF Club of the Year award.
With an impressive victory in the DStv Premiership and a historic triumph in the inaugural African Football League (AFL), Sundowns' bid for this prestigious title is backed by a solid foundation of success.
Mamelodi Sundowns: A strong contender for CAF Club of the Year 2023
Mamelodi Sundowns' journey to the top of African football began in the DStv Premiership, where they clinched the first-place position in the 2023 season.
One of the most defining moments in the Brazilians' 2023 campaign was their historic victory in the African Football League.
As the first edition of this continental competition, the AFL brought together top clubs from across Africa to compete for glory.
Sundowns, led by their astute coaching staff and a roster of talented players, etched their name in the annals of football history by lifting the coveted AFL trophy.
This triumph not only solidified their dominance on the continent but also added a new chapter to their storied legacy.
The recognition of Mamelodi Sundowns' achievements did not stop at the national level.
The club's stellar performances in both domestic and continental competitions earned them a well-deserved place on the shortlist for the CAF Club of the Year 2023.
While Sundowns stands tall as a strong contender, they face stiff competition from other giants of African football.
Al Ahly, the CAF Champions League winners, pose a significant threat to Sundowns' aspirations.
With their rich history and a track record of success, Al Ahly, remains a formidable adversary.
Additionally, Wydad AC, the CAF Champions League finalists and AFL finalists, bring their own set of credentials to the table, making the race for the CAF Club of the Year a highly competitive affair.
The final shortlist for Club of the Year (MEN) award
- Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
- Al Ahly (Egypt)
- Wydad AC (Morocco)
- USM Alger (Algeria)
- Young Africans (Tanzania)
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