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Call to action – Sundowns urged to win Champions League in honour of Shakoane



Mamelodi Sundowns to win the CAF for Shakoane

The late Alex “Goldfinger” Shakoane was fondly remembered by soccer legends Roger Feutmba and Bennet Mnguni, who expressed their desire for the Mamelodi Sundowns to win the CAF for Shakoane, as reported by SowetanLIVE. Shakoane, known for his charismatic presence and distinctive gold rings and necklaces, was laid to rest in Garsfontein yesterday, with the players and technical team bidding him farewell.

After the funeral, Feutmba, who credited Shakoane for initially approaching him to join Sundowns in the 90s, emphasised that winning the Champions League would be a fitting tribute to his memory. “I just wish that the team would honour him by winning the Champions League, and I truly believe that we deserve it,” Feutmba told the media.

Sundowns, considered favourites, are on the cusp of reaching the Champions League final as they gear up to host Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of the semifinals at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday. The first leg, which occurred in Casablanca, ended in a goalless draw. However, Feutmba remains optimistic about their chances, stating, “Taking into consideration the quality of football they are playing, I believe that if they win, it is going to be justice.”

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Mnguni echoed Feutmba’s sentiments, asserting his confidence in Sundowns’ success. Should they overcome Wydad, Mnguni firmly believes the team will emerge victorious against the Al Ahly and Esperance matchup winner in the other semifinal. “I put my head on the block that Sundowns will win this Champions League title because the other teams should be a walkover,” he boldly declared. “Wydad… is a difficult team. Al Ahly or Esperance will never beat us.”


During the funeral proceedings, numerous speakers, including CAF President Patrice Motsepe, current and former players Denis Onyango and Hlompho Kekana, Sundowns official and friend Trott Moloto, and Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, shared heartfelt anecdotes about Shakoane’s charismatic personality. Motsepe fondly recalled how Shakoane would reach out to console him whenever Sundowns were not performing well. “Things will turn out right, president,” he would say, offering words of encouragement. Motsepe humorously remarked that he preferred not to have Shakoane sit next to him at the stadium because he could quickly read his emotions through his eyes.

As the Sundowns aim to fulfil the wishes of their beloved late official, the atmosphere is charged with anticipation as fans eagerly await the outcome of the semifinal clash against Wydad Casablanca.

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