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Suspended Wayne Arendse still playing his part for Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 23 October 2016 Time: 00:03

Suspended Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse says he’s still doing all he can to assist the team ahead of Sunday’s CAF Champions League final second leg against Zamalek.

A card away from suspension heading into the first leg in Atteridgeville, Arendse was booked in the 55th minute and was visibly distraught after realising he’d miss the reverse fixture in Egypt.

“When I saw the ref reach for his pocket, I knew it was it, and I was going to miss the second leg,” he tells “I felt it was unfair as I knew I did nothing wrong, so I felt disappointed when I got the card … but nevertheless, it’s over and done with now.”

Ivorian Bangaly Soumahoro replaced the Cape defender last week and is set to be drafted into the starting line-up, with Arendse confident his in ability to step up on the big day.

“Bangaly will come in and do the job, and I’m positive the team will get over the line,” he says. “He knows what it’s about – he’s been here a while, he knows how we play, and even in the session last night, the coach was helping him and telling him what to do. But I think everybody is up for it, and I think he’s ready for the game.” 

Despite his frustration at not being able to take to the Borg El Arab pitch on Sunday, Arendse says he’s still doing his utmost to help the team in any way he can.

“I feel I still have an important role here, just to whisper in the guys’ ears and talk to them, reminding them that it’s not over, even with the 3-0 advantage,” he says. “We need to stick to our guns, and finish it off in style, not relying on the three-goal cushion we have.”

Arendse feels victory on Sunday will be just reward for Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe and all the time and effort he has placed into this football club.

“This is what we’ve always wanted – we wanted to be the best in Africa, the president wanted this,” Arendse says. “We knew we could win the Absa Premiership and domestic cups, but this is the ultimate one. And this would be the big ‘thank you’ to Patrice Motsepe for all his hard work and for bringing us the best facilities … and there’s no better way to say thank you than with a star.”

By Fabio De Dominicis in Egypt

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