Mweene backs Downs for the double
Posted: 19 January 2019 Time: 10:00
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene believes they have what it takes to win both the Absa Premiership and CAF Champions League this season.
The defending domestic league champions moved within five points of log leaders Bidvest Wits – with three games in hand - after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday.
Not only do they have a good chance of winning the league, but Sundowns could become the first side in PSL history to go a whole season unbeaten, though there’s still a long way to go.
This afternoon they turn their attention to Champions League football when they host Wydad Casablanca in their second Group A match, after their 1-0 defeat to Nigerian side Lobi Stars last week away from home. They need a win at all costs on home soil to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout phase of the tournament.
“Yes, it’s possible [to win the Absa Premiership and Champions League]. The team has changed and a lot of young players who have come into the team are starting to understand the kind of football that is being played outside of South Africa in the Champions League. Becausesome of them - Mosa [Lebusa], Rivaldo [Coetzee], Lebo [Maboe] – had not played in the Champions League,” Mweene says.
“They understand now what it means when we say ‘we are playing in the Champions League’ because there it’s dog-eat-dog. There’s no beautiful football there, you have to get a result. We’ve been going in Africa for five years and the mistake we made last year was our home record – it was poor. As long as we pick up maximum points at home then we will be home and dry.”