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Kekana On Downs’ CAFCL Hoodoo

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana has shared his thoughts on why they’ve struggled to win the CAF Champions League, saying great things take time.

The Brazilians clinched their first continental trophy in 2016 under the stewardship of Pitso Mosimane, but it has since eluded them.

They enjoyed a record-breaking 2023/24 season where they secured a double that included the DStv Premiership title and the inaugural African Football League (AFL) trophy, however exited the continental showpiece in the semi-finals – the second season in a row they could only manage a last four finish, which ultimately led to Rulani Mokwena’s sacking this week.

Speaking to iDiski Times writer Lethabo Kganyago recently, Kekana made comparisons between his side and English Premier League champions Manchester City, saying Sundowns just need to stay on course and correct what cost them in the last two campaigns to get their second star.

“Just look At Man City, I mean I look at Man City when they started investing in their club and how long it took for them to win a Champions League,” Kekana told iDiski Times.

“So even with us, as long as we stay on course and we do the right things because we have gathered a lot of experience in Africa, especially as to what’s required and what’s needed to go the whole way. We take all these lessons for us to always improve on.

“It can only get better because we are getting used to it. We understand that when we go to Africa, teams do take us seriously which means we are doing something right. I think in the end we will get the rub of the green. All we have to do is keep showing up and it’s going to come.”

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Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.
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