Mamelodi Sundowns utility player Asavela Mbekile welcomes new Caf calendar

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The new calendar has been hailed by many South Africans as a relief measure for their clubs

Mamelodi Sundowns versatile player Asavela Mbekile believes that the new Caf calendar, that’s synonymous to the Uefa one is something good for them.

“I think it is something good for us because it will give us enough time now to rest and prepare for matches. It will lessen our tight schedule a bit,” Mbekile told Goal.

As from the 2019/20 campaign, the continental competitions in the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup titles will be played between September and May.

Downs will be competing the Champions League this year and they will get their campaign underway against either Rwanda’s Rayon Sport or Burundi’s Lydia Ludic for a place in the group stages.

Goal Africa New Editor Ignat Manjoo believes the change of calender will benefit South African clubs more now in Caf competitions, as players will be able to get enough rest during the off-season. 

"Caf's change of calendar will give South African clubs a fairer shot at the Champions League title as the season will be in line with ours," said Manjoo.

"The bigger benefit is that it would improve our focus on the PSL, because Caf's old calendar was causing a disaster during our season, and most importantly our players were not getting the required rest that they deserved during the off season," he said.  

"Another problem was the registration of players for the Champions League, as SA clubs couldn't use their best new signings in the CAFCL since the transfer windows were not in line," explained Manjoo. 

"Finally, the changes make sense and it's crucial that the entire continent follows the same schedules in the name of fair play. You want your clubs to win Caf titles but you also want a healthy local league," he concluded. 

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Meanwhile, the former Moroka Swallows man, who hasn’t seen any action this season, is hopeful of getting game time before the end of the campaign, particularly with their upcoming continental campaign.

“I really don’t know what’s happening at the moment. For now, I just have to work hard and wait for my chance to come,” Mbekile concluded.

The 31-year-old was previously linked with a possible move to Orlando Pirates. 

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