Mamelodi Sundowns have been a dominant force in both their domestic league, the Premier Soccer League, and Africa's most elite club competition, the CAF Champions League in the last 10 years.
According to Opta Power Rankings, Sundowns are the number one team in Africa with a rating of 81.4 and a Global Ranking of 100, meaning they're the best team in Africa and the 100th best team in the world.
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(Based on current Opta Power Rankings)
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The club's astonishing place in South Africa and continental football is a testament of its success over the years from dedicated players who played as a unit for the good of the team.
Masandawana have won 13 PSL titles since its inception in 1996 and 1 CAF Champions League trophy which they won in 2016.
The club's position atop the African power rankings for 2023 is largely down to their brilliant start to the 2023/24 season, winning all of their first eight league matches and conceding just three times in that stretch.
However, being heads and shoulders above every other team in South Africa in the last couple of years, has not quite transcended into continental domination.
To be fair, Sundowns are regulars in the latter stages of the CAF Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals at least in each of the past five seasons, but they’ve not won the competition since 2016.
Nonetheless, following their recent semi-final finish in the CAF Champions League last season, the team are on course to conquer Africa once more having beaten the heavyweights of African football in the inaugural African Football League to clinch the title.
Who is Mamelodi Sundowns top scorer in CAF Champions League?
Sundowns have seen top goal scorers don their blue and yellow revered shirts over the years in the Champions League. Lots of these players have retired, while some of them are still active for the club.
Players like Sibiso Vilakazi, Gaston Sirino, Thapelo Morena, Anthony Laffor, Peter Shalulile, Daniel Mudau, Themba Zwane, Cassius Mailula, Kermit Erasmus and Khama Billiat have all scored at least 5 goals for the Brazilians in the Champions League.
However, the most prolific of them all is no other than attacking midfielder Themba Zwane who has currently scored 17 goals for Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League.
While Zwane is the club's top poacher in the Champions League, living legend Mudau holds the all-time goal record for Masandawana with 155 goals in 351 appearances, which is the record to beat.
Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League fixtures for 2023/24 season
- 26/11/23 – Mamelodi Sundowns vs FC Nouadhibou
- 02/12/23 – TP Mazembe vs Mamelodi Sundowns
- 10/12/23 – Mamelodi Sundowns vs Pyramids FC
- 19/12/23 – Pyramids vs Mamelodi Sundowns
- 23/02/24 – FC Nouadhibou vs Mamelodi Sundowns
- 01/03/24 – Mamelodi Sundowns vs TP Mazembe
Where to watch Mamelodi Sundowns live in CAF Champions League
Sundowns will bring thrills and satisfaction to football fans across Africa as they begin their CAF Champions League group stage fixtures for the 2023/24 season.
As the only surviving South African side left in the competition, fans will be hoping that the team brings glory and bragging rights for the country.
All Sundowns' matches will be broadcast live on CAF TV on YouTube and the club's TV channel on YouTube.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago