'Sundowns hungrier after CAF exit'

Premiership

Former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper John Tlale feels Pitso Mosimane’s side will use the disappointment of getting knocked out of the CAF Champions League as motivation to defend their Absa Premiership title.

Sundowns were booted out of Africa’s biggest club competition by Wydad Casablanca over the weekend and now their only chance of winning a trophy is in the domestic league, where they currently sit in second position, a point behind Orlando Pirates with a game in hand.

Tonight, when they host Golden Arrows at Loftus Stadium, Sundowns will have an opportunity to go top of the standings, before their last game of the season on Saturday away to Free State Stars.

“I think they will be very determined. After getting knocked out of the Champions League, they will be focused on trying to win the league so that they finish the season with a trophy,” Tlale tells KickOff.com.

“Pirates drew [against Cape Town City on Saturday], so this gives Sundowns an advantage. They will be motivated. They can get the six points, but both games won’t be easy. They don’t have anything this year [in the trophy cabinet], so they want to take advantage and win the title. I expect them to attack from the word go.”

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