Onyango On ‘Mouth-Watering’ Chiefs Clash
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango is really looking forward to facing Kaizer Chiefs in their MTN8 quarter-final on Sunday.
The Ugandan goalkeeper says that it is a great way to kick off the season, and both teams will be more than motivated to start off on the right foot.
In their last encounter last season, Chiefs ended Sundowns’ unbeaten run in the league, when they ran out 2-1 victors.
“It’s a very big encounter for us and of course for them, because they really want to win the first game and get into the semi-finals of the MTN8, but we’re also looking forward to it the same since we’ve been struggling to win the MTN8,” Onyango told the club’s website.
“It’s a very difficult game but it gives the opportunity also for the boys to start off with a strong side and try to get good results, and get momentum to take us throughout the season.
“Playing an opening game against Kaizer Chiefs is always mouth-watering, just like last season. (However) this season it’s different because it’s a cup game, last season it was a league match, those are two different competitions and the approaches are not the same.”
Onyango goes on to say that at Sundowns there are high expectations, as the club invests a lot into the their success.
“As defending champions there is always pressure. Even if we were not defending champions of the league, there is always pressure at Sundowns to perform and try to win as much as we can because the club invests a lot into the players and they expect the players to deliver.”
“There is pressure from the first game, we just need to deal with it and try to win as much as we can because we know that everyone is gunning for us. We know we have the ability to win games and win trophies and we have the mandate to deliver trophies.”
“It’s going to be difficult and very tough but we are used to such situations and we believe that if we get the momentum in the first few games it will carry us on to winning more games in the season.
“We believe that pressure will drive us and give us the motivation to win the games, and hopefully things turn out good for us in the season.”