Hlompho Kekana concedes Mamelodi Sundowns are not ready to dominate the PSL yet
Posted: 12 April 2017 Time: 11:18
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has explained the team's current slump in form and conceded that they are not yet ready to dominate the PSL.
Sundowns are on a run of five Absa Premiership matches without a win for the first time since coach Pitso Mosimane took charge back in December 2012.
Last season saw the Chloorkop-based outfit cruise to a record seventh league crown, while also collecting the Telkom Knockout cup, last year's CAF Champions League title and the CAF Super Cup earlier this year.
The reigning domestic and continental champions, however, currently sit in fifth place on the log standings, trailing leaders Bidvest Wits by nine points with two games in hand, and were also eliminated from the Nedbank Cup by Golden Arrows last weekend.
Kekana has conceded that they might have set themselves too high a target in thinking they could "dominate" on the domestic front, while also competing on the continent.
The midfield anchorman says the team needs to reflect and learn from their current experience of not being able to win matches, and remain humble in their approach.
"As players we always want to win matches and, to be honest, we are a team that really set ourselves very difficult goals to achieve," confessed Kekana.
"We wanted to dominate South Africa, and we have tried that but... I think we still have room to improve – we aren't scoring goals at the moment and if you really want to dominate you need to win every match easily.
"We aren't winning matches easy so I can't say we're dominating South Africa. We really need to be grounded and humble, and try to look to learn more about the game and understand that we really need to win matches."
Added to their woes of not getting the desired results is their unorthodox struggles in front of goals, having scored just once in their last five league outings.
The likes of Percy Tau, Leonardo Castro and Anthony Laffor have failed to find the back of the net during this period, with Khama Billiat's recent return seeing him bag their only goal in a defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
Kekana says the issue has been a lack of confidence in their frontline, which they have since addressed, and believes all has been resolved ahead of the Tshwane Derby against SuperSport United on Thursday evening.
"The confidence in front of goals has lacked. The front people are human beings and they need motivation as well," he explained.
"If you're not motivated in this game you're not going to deliver well, but I think we've adressed the issues and everyone has come clean, and we're looking forward Thursday's match."