Hlompho Kekana says Mamelodi Sundowns have prioritised the Absa Premiership this season
Posted: 15 December 2017 Time: 16:00
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says they learnt their lesson the hard way last season as they have prioritised the Absa Premiership this time around.
The Brazilians have failed to win a trophy on the domestic front since their league title triumph in the 2015/16 campaign, and have missed out on a total of six trophies since then.
Last season, they lost the MTN8 final to Bidvest Wits before their CAF Champions League focus got in the way of their Telkom Knockout defence.
Their congested fixture schedule ultimately cost them the opportunity to defend their league crown, as they managed only one win in their last six games to allow Wits to clinch the title.
This season they were also eliminated from the top eight and league cup competitions at the first hurdle, while their continental crown defence was also cut short at the quarterfinal stage.
However, their mission to reclaim league honours is well on track as they currently lead the standings with a five-point margin and still have two games in hand.
Kekana admits their priorities were skewed last season, but lessons were learnt as they are now after the biggest prize in the PSL.
“I think last season our difficult situation was when we allowed so many trophies to be in our head. We didn’t want to prioritise, we wanted to take them all and it was greedy of us,” said Kekana.
“This season we’re trying to take each match as it comes. We want to make sure that we focus on this league and make sure we take points that we really need at the moment.
“I think the teams are still trying to find their feet now, so if we win these matches coming up then it will create a chance for us to make sure we stand in good stead in the second round of the season.”
Sundowns next face Bloemfontein Celtic at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 15h30.