Absa Premiership

Playing in Africa comes with sacrifices, says Kekana

2018-05-09 12:12
Hlompho Kekana for mamelodi sundowns
Hlompho Kekana (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Hlompho Kekana says Mamelodi Sundowns players have made a lot of sacrifices for the club to become a force domestically as well as in Africa.

The Brazilians will play their final match of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season this coming weekend, having already clinched the title with a game to spare.

While other clubs are set to go on the off-season break, Sundowns will continue with their CAF Champions League programme and also have a high-profile friendly match against Barcelona set for later this month (May 16).

"We have sacrificed a lot," Kekana told SuperSport TV.

"I remember when we played in the Democratic (Republic) of Congo, which was really the turning point of our continental football.

"We went there, and there was election saga and (we) had to hide ourselves. We also had to travel eight hours from one town to another by bus.

"At one stage the chef never arrived and we bought biscuits and peanuts to eat.

"I think that was actually our turning point. We did not take those conditions into our head to give up at the first time."

The Sundowns skipper said the painful experience helped them get used to the demands of playing continental football.

"We thought it’s possible after playing and winning against TP Mazembe, who at that time was the powerhouse of African football," Kekana continued.

"We thought if we can beat TP Mazembe, then we can beat your Al Ahly."

Sundowns got their 2018 Champions League group stage campaign off to a solid start over the weekend with a 1-1 draw against defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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