Absa Premiership

Modise: We are underdogs in the group

2016-06-09 09:29
Teko Modise (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise believes their underdog status in the CAF Champions League will give them an edge over the other teams.

The Brazilians had been eliminated from the competition but were re-instated after AS Vita was disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary rounds.

"We stand a chance, we really stand a chance. We are underdogs in the group, so that gives us a little space to breathe and of course we will do our homework, try and understand and learn how they play," Modise told reporters.

"It is new for us. We have never been in the group stages before so it is going to be very challenging for us. We just hope that we can do the best we can and the form we have in the league will carry us through."

The 33-year-old admits it has been difficult for Sundowns to regain focus after a long season, but they are fully committed to doing well and represent the country on the continent.

"It is very difficult, we knew that we had a break, we had already planned our holidays but we had to cancel,” Modise added.

"But as professionals we need to perform. We just hope the coach will do whatever he can and the players will come to the party and perform to the best of their abilities.

"But it is an opportunity for us as Sundowns to actually play against good teams in the group stages. It has been our dream to play in the group stages and now that we are there, we have a new ambition to make it through.

"But it going to be tough, it is not going to be easy for us. We just hope that we will use the opportunity given to us as best as we can."

Sundowns are in Group B alongside ES Setif of Algeria, Nigeria's Enyimba and Egyptian giants Zamalek.

Read more on:    mamelodi sundowns  |  psl  |  teko modise  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

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

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


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.