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What Downs Need For FIFA CWC After Espérance Beat Mazembe

Mamelodi Sundowns, Espérance Sportive de Tunis and TP Mazembe all still have a chance of qualifying for the extended 2025 FIFA Club World Cup in the United States of America.

Sundowns would have sealed their place at the global event had ASEC Mimosas beat Espérance in the quarter-finals.

However, their place remains unconfirmed after Taraji sealed their place in the Last-4 to face Masandawana.

With four spots available for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the extended 32-team tournament that will take place in USA between 16 June and 13 July, Al Ahly and Wydad Atheltic Club have already booked their tickets as previous champions over the last three seasons.

But with Ahly having won the tournament twice, two more spots remain, with the qualification basis now leading towards the official five-year CAF club rankings.

Should Esperance, Sundowns or Mazembe secure the title this season, they will automatically secure a place in the event.

However, there are now several permuations for three of the semi-finalists:

  • Sundowns will qualify if they reach the final/win the title, or if the final is Espérance/Ahly.
  • Espérance will qualify if they reach the final/win the title or if the final is Sundowns/Ahly.
  • TP Mazembe will qualify only if they win the title

Should Mazembe win the title and Sundowns fail to make the final, Mazembe and Taraji would secure the final two available spots to represent Africa.

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.