Wayne Arendse eyes momentum ahead of FIFA Club World Cup
Posted: 30 November 2016 Time: 13:34
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse has reminded Ajax Cape Town that they won’t be handed any favours in their Absa Premiership clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.
The Brazilians have been ruthless in their quest to gain ground on the early front runners on the og standings, scoring 10 goals in their last three matches against Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows and Highlands Park.
According to Arendse, they will look to continue in the same vein when they take on the Urban Warriors in the Mother City this evening.
“I believe there is a bit of hype and confidence brewing in the Ajax camp after their first win of the season [against Platinum Stars last week],” Arendse tells KickOff.com.
“I’m happy for them, but we too are on a good run as we are playing catch-up with our outstanding games.
"We will definitely be in no mood to hand them any favours. We have learnt from the past that they are a team not to be taken lightly, so we are well aware not to underestimate them.
“We have business to take of in Cape Town and that is our primary objective. We are targeting three points and nothing else. They should know we’re not going soft on them."
The 32-year old former Santos defender reckons they have bigger fish to fry in the Club World Cup, and therefore need to keep on building momentum by winning their remaining games before leaving for Japan next week.
“We are leaving [for Japan] next week to play in the world club champs, and we want to be in the best shape possible with regards to our performances," he adds.
"We have scored quite a few goals and that will give our strikers and the team a massive confidence booster.
“This competition is big and it's an opportunity very few players get during their careers. That’s why we have to ensure that we give it all we've got and not have any regrets.
"Hence it is aso important for us to end on a positive note before the Christmas break, by beating Ajax and Free State Stars [on Saturday].”