kekana says playing in Africa comes with sacrifices

CAPE TOWN- Sundowns player Hlompho Kekana has said that playing in Africa has many sacrifices, Sundowns are currently in the CAF tournament, the tournament requires a lot of time, many flights and complaints spent on travelling.

The Sundowns champions will play against Barcelona for an off season game on May 16.

Speaking to Supersport he said, “I remember when we played in the Democratic (Republic) of Congo, which was really the turning point of our continental football.

“We went there, and there was election saga and (we) had to hide ourselves. We also had to travel eight hours from one town to another by bus.

“At one stage the chef never arrived and we bought biscuits and peanuts to eat.

“I think that was actually our turning point. We did not take those conditions into our head to give up at the first time.”

The Sundowns skipper said the experience was painful, and helped them get used to the demands of playing continental football.

Kekana added, “We thought it’s possible after playing and winning against TP Mazembe, who at that time was the powerhouse of African football,”

“We thought if we can beat TP Mazembe, then we can beat your Al Ahly.”

Sundowns got their 2018 Champions League group stage campaign off to a solid start over the weekend with a 1-1 draw against defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

Photo Credit- Soccer Laduma

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