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EXCLUSIVE | Andrew Kamanga speaks on the rise of Southern African clubs

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The Football Association of Zambia President, Andrew Kamanga, believes that Southern African clubs have closed the gap on Northern African clubs.

The FAZ Incumbent spoke to correspondent via telephone and explained his beliefs that clubs from the Southern region of the continent can now hold their own against the clubs from the Northern part.

Kamanga remarked, “Gone are the days when North African clubs could stand astride over Cosafa teams,” and he backed his statement with reference to Mamelodi Sundowns, the winner of the 2016 CAF Champions league.

“Over the years, we have always waited for the North Africans to take a lead. But now the competition is quite open to even the Southern teams,” Kamanga continued.

“So far, the teams from Cosafa have done well. The good example is Sundowns, who won the Cup last year, are from South Africa.”

“So that in itself is also giving hope that there is [a] power shift in power-play when it comes to the continental Championship,” concluded Kamanga.

Zambian clubs, both Zanaco and Zesco United, are participating in the ongoing CAF Champions league and Confederation Cup group stages, respectively.

Zanaco currently lead Champions League Group D, three points ahead of Al Ahly SC. Zesco United are in third place of the Confederation Cup Group C with only one point out of first, and two points ahead of last placed Egypt’s Smouha.

An African football Journalist based in Livingstone, Zambia.

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