Themba Zwane opens up about CAF Champions League winning experience
Posted: 23 January 2017 Time: 16:19
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane has for the first time opened up about his experience of helping the club to their maiden CAF Champions League title last year.
The 27-year-old winger made seven starts and two substitute appearances en-route to The Brazilians' continental triumph, before experiencing the "biggest highlight" of his career.
"Without a doubt, my biggest highlight to date is being able to call myself an African Champion," Zwane said in a recent interview with his personal sponsor Puma.
"It is not everyday that you get to do this. After the semi-final win [over Zesco United] we started believing that winning the trophy was possible.
"Even though we had great respect for Zamalek and all that they had achieved, we really believed this was our time."
The former Mpumalanga Black Aces attacker still has difficulty trying to describe the atmosphere at the Borg El Arab stadium in Alexandria in October last year.
"To play in Egypt in front of such passionate fans is unexplainable, I cannot put it into words," he added. "It was a dream come true to reach and win the final of a CAF Champions League."
Prior to that success, Zwane played a key role in Downs' league and Telkom Knockout double in the 2015/16 season and has revealed the secret to the Chloorkop-based outfit's dominence on the domestic and continental fronts.
"At this level attention to detail is key. We have watched so many videos and made analysis of our opponents, so that on match day we know them inside out," he revealed.
"We have also gotten stronger as a team, and camaraderie has been our biggest strength."
Zwane has since set his sights on helping Downs' retain their league crown, and hopes to return to the latter stages of the Champions League this year, while also expressing his desire to return to the national team fold.
"[My ambitions this year are] to help the team retain our PSL title, and to attempt to go deep into the CAF champions league again.
"Personally, I would like to push for a national team recall... It would be a dream come true to play in Russia 2018, the biggest stage in football. I will work daily to achieve it," concluded the Tembisa-born star.
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