The draw for the qualifying rounds of the CAF Champions League – the CAF version of the UEFA Champions League – has been made and both the local teams involved now know their opposition.
Orlando Pirates travel to the Seychelles for a tie against Light Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns… well… they face:
Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club
Because if you’re a Spanish businessman and you’re setting up a football club in Equatorial Guinea in 2001, you’re going to want to scare off the opposition by naming them after the King of the Jungle, Panthera leo.
However, imagine that you are Spanish businessman Juan Manuel Rojas and you’re setting up a football club in Equatorial Guinea in 2001, and you want to scare off the opposition by naming them after the King of the Jungle, Panthera leo – but you don’t agree with their dietary choices!
Well then, you name that club Leones Vegetarianos.
Admittedly, slightly less terrifying than their carnivorous cousins, somewhat weaker and paler, and with an interesting odour, but importantly STILL LIONS. HEAR THEIR ROAR!
Interestingly, if you think that “The Vegetarian Lions” is a rather implausible idea, then you obviously overlooked “The Light Stars”. Our sun is a tiny example of the genus and it weighs in an estimated 1,989,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg.
The best of luck to both SA teams.
I can’t wait to see who they’ll draw in the next round.