Sundowns given stern warning about hostile off field issues in Tanzania

After the conclusion of the FIFA international window, Mamelodi Sundowns are gearing up for their CAF Champions League quarterfinal clash against Young Africans of Tanzania on Saturday.

The Brazilians, who are cruising towards their seventh DStv Premiership title, remain unbeaten in the league and have their sights set on Champions League success after falling short in the semifinals last season.

Hlompho Kekana, the Sundowns legend who captained the team to their historic Champions League victory eight years ago, emphasized the importance of staying focused amidst the challenges that come with playing away matches in Africa.

Kekana highlighted the potential impact of external factors on the game, particularly the influence of passionate home supporters on the opposition.

Speaking on the club’s pitchside podcast, Kekana stressed the need for the team to maintain composure and unity in the face of a hostile reception in Tanzania.

“Off the field issues actually play a big role in influencing the match and I say that because the home team benefits from that,” Kekana said on the club’s pitchside podcast.

“If you play against players who are in the mood because of the supporters it becomes a very tricky task to overcome but when you speak about the experience of Mamelodi Sundowns on the continent, you are talking about a team that has matured

He acknowledged the fervent support for local teams like Yanga and Simba FC, underscoring the intense atmosphere that awaits Sundowns in East Africa.

Kekana emphasized the significance of Sundowns’ experience in continental competitions, noting their maturity and understanding of the demands of high-stakes matches.

He urged the players to block out external distractions and focus on their performance on the field, relying on their teamwork and cohesion to navigate the challenges posed by the passionate home crowd.

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