Mamelodi Sundowns rejected CAF’s proposal to play their Champions League matches at Kaizer Chiefs‘ home, the FNB Stadium.
According to Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena, the club couldn’t use neither of the stadiums available in Tshwane.
This is due to the fact that CAF was not happy with the facilities for various reasons, including a lack of adequate generators, medical facilities, dugouts and the safety of the chairs.
Mokwena said Sundowns put forward three stadiums – Loftus Versveld, Lucas Moripe, and Tuks – as their preferred home venues for this year’s CAF Champions League.
However, the three venues were rejected, before CAF proposed the FNB Stadium but Sundowns rejected that first hand because it is used by rivals Chiefs.
Furthermore, Mokwena said some of their CAF Champions League fixtures would have clashed with Amakhosi’s home games along the way.
For that reason, Sundowns opted to go for the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in the North West, and the Tshwane giants appear to be content with their choice.
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“CAF proposed that we use FNB Stadium, but the difficulty with the FNB Stadium is clearly knowing that our arch-rivals use the FNB Stadiums,” Mokwena told reporters.
“In some of the dates where we have home fixtures, Kaizer Chiefs also have their own fixtures, and that became a no go.”
“We put forward three stadiums to CAF, and upon inspection, CAF were not happy with the stadiums for various reasons from lacking adequate generators, to not being satisfied medical facilities, not being satisfied with the dugouts and the safety of the chairs.”
Sundowns take on Sudanese giants Al Hilal in their opening group stage match of Group A on Friday night.
Kick-off is at 18:00.