The 33-year-old does not have many years left in the game and it would mean a lot to him, and the rest of the Sundowns team of course, to win the biggest prize in African club football.
The 2016 champions face Rwandan outfit Rayon Sports in the first round, second leg clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The first leg ended goalless in Kigali and Sundowns will be looking to get the job done on home soil, so that they progress to the group stages for a third consecutive season.
“That winners is medal is…I can’t even explain it. I have it hanging on the frame at home and I think back of the days and the road we took to get to the final and how we won it,” the former Santos defender says.
“I think of how packed Atteridgeville was when we beat Zamalek and when we came back [from Egypt] it was packed at the airport. I think the guys want to do it again because we let it slip last season. I think we could have won it last season.”
Arendse admits he never thought of lifting the Champions League title, but now feels it’s not difficult to win the competition.
“At first, to be honest, I never thought about winning the Champions League. But when I played the Champions League and we saw that we can win this thing, we did it. Now I am thinking ‘why not again?’ Nothing is impossible, we can do it again.
“To be honest with you this competition is not that difficult to win. Your home games are crucial and you need to win those games. You just need to take the tournament seriously.”