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Kekana – What Sundowns Must Do To Pogress

Former CAF Champions League-winning captain of Mamelodi Sundowns, Hlompho Kekana, is confident that Masandawana will be able to overturn the 1-0 first-leg deficit when Masandawana host Espérance Sportive de Tunis in the second leg on Friday.

Kekana feels that Rulani Mokwena’s team are more than capable of booking their place in the final, and says the team just need to take their chances.

Kekana, who led the team to continental success in 2016, believes the club has grown and matured in how they participate in the CAFCL now, and could even have gotten a result in Tunisia had they taken their opportunities.

He believes that with just a 1-0 aggregate score, Sundowns have enough ammunition to turn the tie around.

“They have a capability of doing that,” Kekana told iDiski Times.

“Over the years of them participating in this tournament, they’ve matured now, they understand the demands of this game and challenging in this competition.

“So they have that capability, they’ve got players that they can rely on in matches like this. So it’s just going to go down to the performance on the day and how you take your chances.”

Kekana feels that Sundowns won’t have to change their strategy to progress, but they need to be clinical with their chances.

“Well, I think they don’t have to change much, it’s just that they didn’t take the opportunities that side, which for me is always gonna come back and haunt you, if you don’t take your chances in a match of this nature,” the 38-year-old continued.

“So performance-wise, I can’t fault them. They played their normal way, playing football, they played their passes right. It’s just that they weren’t clinical and that’s the Champions League for you, if you’re not clinically you’re going to get punished.

“Because with them let’s be honest, Champions League will tell you that one chance, they will use it, if you don’t use your chances.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.