Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana raring to go in CAF Champions League
Posted: 15 July 2018 Time: 08:00
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana is raring to go ahead of the club’s return to competitive action, and says they are aware of the expectations in the CAF Champions League.
The Brazilians will once again be first out the blocks following the off-season break as the take on As Togo-Port in their third Champions League Group C clash next Tuesday.
Sundowns are currently in a precarious position in the group – having yet to register a win, with just two points to their name from two matches.
Following a three-week break after their last clash against Horoya on May 22, the Absa Premiership champions have been hard at work in preparation for the season ahead.
“We had a break. It was good for us to be away from football a little bit, but we are back now,” Kekana told his club’s website.
“It’s back to business. We want to try and start with a good run by winning the match in Togo so that we are in a good space in the group. A win will give us five points and we will be second in the group.”
Having already made history by becoming the first South African club to compete in the group stages of a continental competition for three consecutive years, Kekana says they are well aware that their triumph in 2016 means a group stage is no longer an achievement.
“We are aware of the standards that we have set for ourselves,” Kekana conceded.
“Doing well in the Champions League is non-negotiable. We know that we are carrying a lot of responsibility as players to try and do well and put the club where it needs to be.
“We have shown in the past that we are capable of winning trophies. We have to maintain that and make sure that we continue doing well for the club.”
Wydad Casablanca, alongside Horoya, currently top the group with four points apiece, with the two sides set to meet on the same day in Conakry, Guinea.