Sundowns don't want to join Pirates

CAF Champions League

Mamelodi Sundowns veteran Denis Onyango has made it clear that they do not want to drop down and join Orlando Pirates in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Sundowns are on the verge of sealing their spots in the CAF Champions League group stage as they prepare to host Jwaneng Galaxy in their first-round second leg at Loftus Versfeld this afternoon.

The Brazilians hold a 2-0 aggregate lead and are favourites to wrap up the tie at home, after a morale-boosting win over Pirates in the DStv Premiership over the weekend.

Onyango, who has seen and done it all with the Tshwane giants, has warned against complacency and stressed the need to join the big boys in the elite inter-club competition, rather than dropping down to join The Buccaneers in the second-tier tournament.

"It is nice to be back in the new year and to have played a game on the second day was good for us, it was worth it," Onyango told the club's website.

"The game we played over the weekend was great for us and good preparation for the upcoming clash in the CAF.

"The game against Jwaneng Galaxy seems easy as we won the first leg 2-0 but it is not over, it is still half time for me and the rest of the team.

"In football, you can never underestimate your opponents. We must focus on the game and be professional to win the game so that we can take the team to the next stage which is the group stages.

"It is almost a done deal for us but we do not disrespect the game. We must play the game with a lot of respect and win our home game and build up to the league game over the weekend.

"It is important to seal off the game and go into the group stages, as you don’t want to play in the Confederations Cup. It is not easy to play in the Confederations Cup.

"We can’t be losing to a team that we managed to beat away from home. We want to get into the Champions League group quickly so that we can focus on the league, as we wait for the draw of the Champions League [group stage]."

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