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Sven On Sundowns – I’ve Never Seen A Technical Team Like That

Former Wydad Athletic Club head coach Sven Vandenbroeck says he’s never seen a technical team as good as Mamelodi Sundowns in Africa despite knocking them out of the CAF Champions League semi-final last season in a ‘cruel’ way.

The Belgian coach was in charge of the Botola Pro giants last season when they knocked Sundowns out of the semi-final of the CAF Champions League.

Sundowns were favourites for the title, playing some of the most enterprising attacking football the continent has ever seen, but Vandenbroeck stunned the home side in the second leg at Loftus Versfeld to advance on the away goal rule in a 2-2 aggregate score.

“The AFL is a great new tournament. I would only spread the games over a longer period,” he told iDiski Times about the inaugural tournament.

“The final of the first edition is the same as last year’s semis in the Champions League, a great game between two different styles.

“Sundowns was my favourite last year to win the Champions League. I had never seen such a dominant technical team on the African continent.”

The coach who is currently unattached after parting ways with Algerian giants CR Belouizdad says there’s little to separate the two teams for the upcoming second leg with the Moroccan side holding a 2-1 advantage.

“Wydad is more powerful and focused on getting a result. Although they made good signings in the July window. Wydad injected new quality players up front, and as a result, all strikers from last year are benched at this moment.

“I give them both a 50% chance. Wydad because they won the first leg, their self-esteem and confidence after getting the qualification to the Champions League final in Pretoria last season.

“Sundowns has still a big chance because technically at home they are really good and I believe in revenge after cruelly losing the semi-final.”

Sundowns host Wydad on Sunday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld to decide the winner of the inaugural AFL at 15h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.