Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana is confident the
Champions of Africa will overcome their recent slump and compete for major
honours this season.
The Brazilians have been well below their usual standards,
suffering three consecutive defeats across all competitions this term, while
being dumped out of the MTN8, CAF Champions League and Telkom Knock Out.
With only the Nedbank Cup and Premiership title to play for
now - their inspirational skipper feels it's only a matter of time before the
senior players rectify their frailties on the pitch.
"It is always challenging to lose, especially for a
team like Sundowns," Kekana told the club's official website. "But at
the same time, a team like Mamelodi Sundowns is full of internationals. They
know their responsibilities in the team
"We have to make sure that we represent the team well.
We have a responsibility to ensure that the team is always on top for the
benefit of everyone. I am quite confident, that with the internationals we have
here, we will bounce back."
The Bafana Bafana midfielder feels the current predicament
stems down from a mental block, with senior players suffering from a lack of
confidence after the recent defeats.
"Not much has changed in terms of how we play if you
looked at the games that we have played. We just need to make sure that we
start winning matches to gain confidence because it is a mental thing.
"You win a match and there is more belief in what you
can do. You explore more things and play with a little bit of creativity"
"If you look at the way we are playing at the moment,
you can see that we are still trying to gel well and make sure that we score
goals. I still say that if we defend well, we stand a chance of winning."