President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the new African football Champions Mamelodi Sundowns who won the CAF Champions League.
President Zuma further thanked the football supporters and all South Africans for rallying behind the team and that their support has yielded impressive results not only for Sundowns but for the entire nation.
Sundowns won the title despite going down 1-0 to Zamalek Football Club of Egypt in the match on Sunday night.
The Brazilians as they are famously known won the tie 3-1 on aggregate, after they had beaten Zamalek 3-0 in the first leg at home in Pretoria last week.
Sundowns’ success in the top club competition on the continent comes 21 years after Soweto club Orlando Pirates became the first South Africans to take the title.
It completes a dramatic comeback for the Pretoria-based Sundowns after they had been eliminated in the last of the preliminary rounds of the Champions League earlier in 2016.
They were then given a reprieve with a place in the group phase after Vita Club, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, were found to have used a suspended player and were banned from the competition by the Confederation of African Football.