Michaelson Gumede
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26 Sep 2016
2:09 pm

Nobody remembers number two – Motsepe

Michaelson Gumede

Following Mamelodi Sundowns’ achievement of reaching the Caf Champions League, club president Patrice Motsepe reckons that there is still a long way to go.

Patrice Motsepe with Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Sundowns will play Zamalek in the final, where they will host the first leg on October 14 and travel to Cairo for the second leg on October 21.

The Absa Premiership champions will play in their second Champions League final in a decade and a half and will be looking to tick off Africa’s elite club competition trophy off their bucket list.

“The most important thing that we said is we still have a long way to go, and I think it is correct to say Pitso and the players did wonderful work. They made us all very proud, but nobody remembers number two, nobody remembers that you were in the final.

“When you play in Africa, it is such a great honour to make a humble contribution towards showcasing or representing your country. We have won the league many times, and that league is for the supporters … but to represent your country is the greatest honour for all of us,” Motsepe said.

Sundowns have a slight advantage, as they have already defeated their counterparts twice when they met in the group stages, but the North Africans, who last made a Champions League final in 2002, will be looking to add to their five continental titles.