SA Clubs Did Not Take CAF Seriously, Says Sundowns Captain
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has conceded that Absa Premiership clubs did not have high regards for the continental game of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
The veteran box-to-box midfielder spoke to local media following the 2018/19 draw in Cairo on Friday night.
“As a country, we didn’t take this tournament as serious as we should, because this really is a mind exercise, like I said, football is a mind game more than anything,” the midfielder revealed.
Sundowns, who have been drawn in Group A, will travel to places such as Casablanca, Makurdi, and Abidjan.
“Such trips, such games, such matches they prepare you mentally through your career, if you take me now and go play in Cairo for instance, I can go there with ease because I’ve been to Cairo several times and we’ve been there and winning matches in Cairo, so for us as Sundowns players.
The Bafana international concluded his views by simply pleading with the country’s football fraternity to commit to continental competition.
I think it's easy now to adapt to any situation around the continent so as South Africans I think we need to really, really, take that in to consideration because it can help us as a country, we can compete in every tournament because of the players who are taking part in the continent,” Kekana concluded.