Wayne Arendse sees no reason Mamelodi Sundowns can't be realistic Club World Cup contenders
Posted: 28 October 2016 Time: 13:40
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse has set his sights on lifting the FIFA Club World Cup which begins in early December.
Sundowns will meet either Auckland City or Japan’s J-League champions (Urawa Reds or Kawasaki Frontale) on December 11 and a win in that match will propel them to the semi-finals where they will meet COPA Libertadores champions Atletico Nacional on December 14.
Masandawana earned their spot in the competition after beating Zamalek by 3-1 in the Caf Champions League Final over a two legged affair.
According to Arendse there is nothing wrong with being ambitious in life as his side eye potential fixtures against some of the best sides in the world.
“Firstly, all grace to God who’s given us the strength to conquer Africa. I also see no reason why we cannot raise the bar and test ourselves against the world’s best clubs,” Arendse tells KickOff.com.
“Remember, no one gave us a chance to succeed on the African continent and see what happened. So, therefore I feel we have just as good of a chance as any other team in the competition,” said Arendse.
The 31-year-old Cape Town-born defender became the first player from the Mother City to have won a Champions League medal on the African continent.
Arendse’s idol Benni McCarthy is the only other player hailing from Cape Town to have won a Champions League medal although the former striker tasted glory on the European stage when he won with Porto in 2004.
“I was still young but I remember that day clearly when Benni received his medal. I couldn’t believe it’s someone from Cape Town. That inspired me as a young boy and I wanted to follow in Benni’s footsteps,” said Arendse.