Downs being felt in South America


Mamelodi Sundowns’ success is echoing across the Atlantic Ocean with Bryan Aldave acknowledging his admiration of the way his former club keeps breaking barriers in endorsing their 'sky is the limit' slogan.

In the last seven years Sundowns have won 11 trophies – three of them last season – and they remain unbeaten in 26 games in all competitions this term having last tasted defeat in October last year in the first game of the new season, which was an MTN8 tie.

The Brazilians are the only club to have won all four in the CAF Champions League group stage matches and will be away at Al Hilal on Friday playing for their pride and records.

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"I always follow Sundowns and it makes me happy that the club is doing well," Aldave tells from Uruguay.

Since Africa's premier club competition was renamed the CAF Champions League in 1997 no club has ever gone through their group with victories in all their matches.

However, The Brazilians are now within a stone's throw of that feat and need to take all the points in Omdurman on Friday and then finish off at home against CR Belouizdad.

Sundowns have won all six of their Champions League matches this season having beaten Jwaneng Galaxy in the first round before lining up TP Mazembe, CR Belouizdad and Al Hilal.

"My English is not good, but I am always following," adds the Uruguayan who spent 2008 at Chloorkop.

Two of his fellow countrymen Gaston Sirino and Mauricio Affonso are at Sundowns now along with fellow South American Ricardo Nascimento.

Sundowns has been the most popular destination for South Americans through the PSL-era years with Emiliano Tade, Vicente Principiano, Jorge Acuna, Leonardo Castro, Jose Ali Meza, Jose Torrealba and Rafael Dudamel having all once been at Chloorkop.

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