On a day that South African billionaire and Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe announced his candidature for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Presidency, the organization also released the fixtures for the continent’s premier club competitions.
Motsepe announced his ambitions of challenging incumbent Ahmad Ahmad, whom many believe would be forced to step down by FIFA whose Ethics committee is alleged to have prepared a dossier incriminating him in wrongdoing.
But it would not be smooth sailing for Motsepe who will no doubt face stiff competition from Senegal’s Augustine Senghor, Cote d’Ivoire’s Jacques Anouma and Mauritania’s Ahmed Yahya who have all thrown in their names into the hat.
But under normal circumstances, a fixture between Kaizer Chiefs against Cameroonian minnows PWD Bamenda would be described as the “slaughter of the innocent” but Amakhosi have slumped into such depths of despair that their followers must be wondering if they would get the better of the little-known side or the tie would end up in another humiliation.
A shatteringly comprehensive 3-0 pasting at the hands of defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns was followed by another debilitating 3-0 and 2-0 beating at the hands of their perennial nemesis and arch rivals Orlando Pirates, leaving most of their ardent followers’ heart-broken and in tears.
Bamenda are considered lightweights in African football and hail from the North Western region of the Central African state. They were declared champions when the league was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the Chiefs defence has been so generous in shipping in goals that no one can blame their followers who fear the worst.
Meanwhile, Sundowns received a bye into the first round and awaits the winner between Botswana side Jwaneng Galaxy who meets US Zilimadjou, a team made up of fisher-men, confectioners and chefs from the tranquil Indian Ocean island of Comoros in the preliminary round.