Michaelson Ntokozo Gumede

By Ntokozo Gumede

Journalist


Can Sundowns reach a record-breaking 80 points this season?

'We are looking to break some records and we have set some standards at the start of the season,' said Grant Kekana.


Mamelodi Sundowns are likely to receive a guard of honour in their remaining seven DStv Premiership games after they have wrapped up the league once again, but the job is not yet done, at least according to defender Grant Kekana.

Sundowns are looking to set a new record as far as the points tally is concerned, as the highest ever reached is 71 points. If Rulani Mokwena’s side manage to win all of their remaining games, they can reach 80 points, and they would need to start with a win against Cape Town City on Tuesday evening in Pretoria.

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“At Sundowns we play each and every game to win, and it will be the same going into the City game. We don’t want to be complacent and there is still a lot to play for, even though we have won the league. We are looking to break some records. We have set some standards at the beginning of the season and that is what will motivate us to go on and keep winning games,” said Kekana.

“City are a good team, they will come out guns blazing because they also want to finish higher on the log. It is going to be a tough encounter and it is one we will prepare well for and give it another go,” he added.

Champions League draw

While Sundowns will continue to chase records, their focus will also be on the Caf Champions League where their quarterfinal opponents will be revealed in Wednesday’s draw. However, Mokwena has pleaded for leniency on his players, suggesting that his current crop of players are relatively new in the Champions League space.

“If you look at the makeup of the squad, you find a team that has less than 200 Champions League appearances. A lot of the players here are playing their first Champions League and with the pressure to win because we are Sundowns,” said Mokwena.

“Ronwen is in (between) the goal posts and this is his first Champions League, Neo Maema is also starting big games with a big responsibility, together with Cassius Mailula. We are moving into a space where we have to be patient with this group,” he added.

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