Siyanda Zwane backs Mamelodi Sundowns' status as top club in Africa
Posted: 11 August 2016 Time: 14:59
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siyanda Zwane has backed his club's status as the number one side in Africa following their recent continental exploits.
The Brazilians have been ranked the top club in Africa, according to FootballDataBase, following a string of good performances in the CAF Champions League.
Downs have managed to beat ES Setif, who have since been disqualified following crowd trouble during their 2-1 defeat, Enyimba and Zamalek in Group B to secure their place in the competition's semi-finals
Zwane has welcomed their position at the summit of the African continent and believes it comes as a reward for their tireless efforts after a long, succesful domestic season.
"I think it's what we have achieved in life so far and I think we have had a good year as the team," Zwane tells KickOff.com.
"If you look at teams we have played in this Champions League, I think we have done very well.
"We haven't lost one game and we have been playing with the so called 'African Giants', and we have been able to do well against them.
"I think those are the things that catapulted us to where we are now."
Despite their dominance in the Telkom Knockout and Absa Premiership last season, as well as their recent CAF exploits, Zwane remains humble and urges his teammates to continue working hard.
"Teams do what they have to do and they do their homework, and they do their own match analysis and so forth," he added. "I don't want to be quoted as saying 'no one can catch us' and stuff like that.
"We just need to continue what we do best and continue being that hardworking team because more than talent and everything, we are a very hardworking team.
"Everybody is prepared in the team and everybody is an asset, so I don't want to be cocky and say 'no one will stop us' because that would be not be the right words to use right now."
Pitso Mosimane's side will resume their quest for continental supremacy when they travel to Nigeria to face Enyimba in their final Group B clash on August 23.
They will then get their 2016/17 campaign underway by hosting Tshwane rivals SuperSport United in the MTN 8 quarter-finals five days later.