Absa Premiership

Arendse in awe of FIFA CWC participation

2016-12-09 13:27
Wayne Arendse (Supplied)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse admits that competing at the FIFA Club World Cup is an accomplishment that he never dreamed was possible.

Arendse played an integral role in Sundowns' backline during their CAF Champions League triumph.

And the 32-year-old is looking forward to competing alongside some of the best players in the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazilians will open their account in the tournament against Japanese side Kashima Antlers at the Suita City Stadium on Sunday.

"To be honest with you, I never thought I'd be here in Japan or even winning the Champions League. When I wasn't playing regularly, my mind was only focused on making the team and contributing to its success," Arendse told his club's website.

"I was working very hard and consistently put my hand up until coach [Pitso] Mosimane noticed me. Evidently it has all paid off as today I’m here, I’ve won the league, cups and Champions League and today I’m playing in the same tournament as Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"This is the highlight of my career playing in the world cup and I just want to make the best of it."

Sundowns winger Khama Billiat said that the prestigious club competition offers the players a chance to showcase their talents in front of a global audience.

Mosimane will be hoping that his players give a good account of themselves in their opening fixture at the Suita City Stadium in Osaka with a place in the final likely to see them go up against the Spanish giants.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Wits v AmaZulu FC, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu FC v Cape Town City FC, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Baroka FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Wits, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.