South Africa Football Association ( SAFA) has debunked the rumour emanating from certain sections of the media claiming the withdrawal of the Mamelodi Sundown from the upcoming African Football League.
South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns are the only Premier Soccer League (PSL) club in the tournament.
But reports have suggested that PSL’s board of governors has objected to Sundowns’ participation in the tournament due to a lack of communication from the organisers and a clash of fixtures.
“The South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Member Associations representing the 54 African countries that are members of CAF have attended several meetings which were hosted by CAF, over the past two years, where the significant contributions of the African Football League (“AFL”) to the development and growth of African club and national team football was discussed.
“The Association is also aware of the meetings over the last two years in which the Chairmen and Representatives of the major football Clubs in Africa were briefed by CAF of the formation and the launch of the African Football (previously “Super”) League”, SAFA confirmed.
The other teams in the tournament will be Al Ahly (Egypt), Simba SC (Tanzania), Enyimba FC (Nigeria), Wydad AC (Morocco), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia) and Atlético Petróleos de Luanda (Angola).