Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse discusses CAF Champions League exposure
Posted: 27 September 2017 Time: 14:30
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse suspects his chances of playing abroad would have been much higher had he competed in the CAF Champions League at a younger age.
The 32-year-old, who joined Sundowns in 2012 from Santos, says the tournament provides great exposure and is closely watched by foreign scouts.
Downs saw their title defence in the continental competition end in the quarter-finals on the weekend with a 3-2 defeat on penalties to Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in Rabat.
"If I was to start very young playing in the Champions League... I think this competition gives you a lot of experience, and you can see where you are," said Arendse when asked how his game could have benefitted from playing in Africa earlier in his career.
"Obviously the chances of going abroad would be easier because you are playing every year in the Champions League, playing amongst the best. You can only grow from there. The bigger the competition, the more you start comparing yourself with the best to see 'am I good enough?'. So that can only be beneficial for anyone playing in the Champions League, especially the youngsters."
He added: "The Champions League, the Club World Cup, those are the games they [European clubs] watch to see where you can scout talent. If you are playing in this competition you never know who's in the crowd watching. There is always someone watching those important type of games with top teams."