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Chancy Gondwe revels in Mamelodi Sundowns’ glory

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns’ Malawian midfield stalwart, Chancy Gondwe, has congratulated the South African side for winning the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League title.

Gondwe formed a formidable combination with countryman, Ernest Mtawali, at Sundowns in the late 1990. Striker Cedrick Nankhumwa and Kennedy Malunga also starred for the Pretoria giants.

“South African clubs are there in Caf competitions every year. We can borrow a leaf from them. Sundowns have won the continental title and the same can happen to a Malawian club if we compete at that level every year,” Gondwe explained.

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Gondwe advised teams to hatch long-term plans if they are to win continental honours such as the Champions League.

“I remember our officials telling us from time to time that they were building a team that would win a continental title one day. They always asked us to aim high and dream big if we wanted to keep playing for Sundowns,” he said.

South African President, Jacob Zuma, has since congratulated the champions who have become the second South African side to win the title after Orlando Pirates in 1995.

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Sundowns’ owner and President, Patrice Motsepe, announced that the players will share the championship prize of K1.2 billion (US$1.5 million). Sundowns lifted the championship after defeating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate over two legs.

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