Arendse: MTN8 a priority for Downs


Sundowns have lifted the trophy on three separate occasions [1988, 1990, 2007] while also finishing as losing finalists six times [1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2016].

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And, having never tasted Wafa Wafa success under head coach Pitso Mosimane, Arendse maintains that this year’s MTN8 is amongst their priorities as they prepare to do battle with Maritzburg United in the quarter-finals at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

“It’s the first game of the season so obviously we want to start on a positive note,” Arendse tells Kick “This is also a cup that has eluded us in the past.

“We’ve come close on a number of occasions but fell short. So, you can understand why we are so focused and committed ahead of our match against Martzburg United.”

Arendse was quick to point out that Maritzburg will prove a stern test for Pitso Mosimane’s chargers after the Team of Choice qualified for the MTN8 competition with gutsy performances last term.

“They [Maritzburg United] have shown over the past two, three seasons under coach Fadlu [Davids] that they have a different team and they want to compete even more,” adds Arendse.

“The signings they made show their intent as well. So, we are aware of the threat they pose and we definitely won’t take them lightly. They’re a team that can catch you on the break and punish you if you’re not alert.”

Arendse spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines with torn ligaments in his left ankle but has since made huge strides on his road to recovery, adding that he’s available for selection for the African champions.

“It’s just a matter of getting my sharpness back,” Arendse states. “I can’t wait to play with my teammates again. I’ve been training with them and I feel I’m ready to battle with them as we also have important matters in the Champions League and I want to be part of this.

“I’m ready to battle and represent Sundowns with pride,” the 32-year old Cape Town born central defender concludes.

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