Champions League Deadline Looms, No Pressure At Sundowns

Rulani Mokwena
Rulani Mokwena

Deadline for the CAF Champions League registration is looming and Mamelodi Sundowns are unlikely to make any major additions to the squad ahead of the round robin phase of the continental club competition. 

CAF has afforded clubs in the Champions League to register as much as 40 players, which is 10 more than what was previously allowed. The deadline for the additional registration of players is January 31, which is the same day the transfer window will close in the PSL.

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Sundowns have not been busy in the market and the Siya crew understands that the club is content with the quality they have to try to get their hands on a second Champions League title. 

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The allowance of 40 players gives the club an opportunity to in fact include as many players as possible, to ensure they have enough depth in the competition. 

"According, each club will be exceptionally allowed to register 40 players instead of the regulatory 30. Moreover, nine substitutes will be allowed on the bench instead of the regulatory seven," CAF issued in a statement. 

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As is the case in South African football, clubs will be allowed to make five substitutes during the matches. 

Sundowns, though, are unlikely to have Moroccan defender Abdelmounaim Boutouil available during the group stage campaign, due to the player nursing an injury. 

Sundowns are in the same group with Al Ahly, Al Hilal and Coton Sport.  

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