Onyango on Downs’ multitasking

Mamelodi Sundowns

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The Brazilians beat Wydad Casablanca in a CAF Champions League Group A match at Lucas Moripe Stadium last Saturday, before edging Highlands Park by the same scoreline at Makhulong Stadium in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday. And they now take on the Chilli Boys in the last domestic knockout tournament of the season.

Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango says it’s a challenge to move from one competition to another, but they are determined to go as far as possible in the event.

“It’s always been difficult to play Chippa, especially when they play in their backyard. But I think we always get the best support from our supporters when we play them in PE or in East London, so it’s going to be a very interesting encounter. They won their last game [against Maritzburg United] and we are very much aware of their dangers,” the Ugandan international shot-stopper said.

“They like playing against Sundowns, everyone brings their A-game. For us it’s a challenge because we are moving from one cup to another: the Champions League to the league and then the Nedbank Cup. We are just building up momentum because it’s coming up to the end of the season and everyone is fighting for his place. So we cannot look at their league position. We just need to look at how they are playing and see how far we can go because we really want to go as far as possible in the Nedbank Cup and finish the season on a high.”

Having fallen short in the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout, Sundowns would love to get their hands on a trophy before the end of the season.

"We did not start off the season well, losing out on the MTN8 and Telkom. We are focusing on winning something this season. We still have it in our hands: we have the league, the Champions League and Nedbank Cup. At Sundowns we believe we need to lift one or two trophies by the end of the season. That's our target and it all starts on Saturday.”