Sundowns ‘desperate’ to win Telkom Knockout

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango has opened up about the club’s desperation to win the Telkom Knockout final against Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow evening.

Onyango echoed coach Pitso Mosimane’s sentiments, saying the Brazilians will throw everything at the league champions at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in an attempt to clinch the trophy.

The Ugandan says Sundowns’ form before the month-long break due to the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which saw the club rack up a 10-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, will have no bearing on the outcome.

“It’s good that we are getting to a final before the year ends,” said Onyango, “and we are looking forward to the game. We need to win something before the season ends.

“For us it is not about the form, it is about the mentality and we need to switch on. They have not had a good run as well but we believe they are a top team and we need to up our game. We need this trophy.

“We know that in the last cup final they played in they lost. So it will be motivating for them to play in the final and win it. But we also need to win it.”

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To lift the trophy, Sundowns will also have to break a hoodoo Kaizer Chiefs have over them in the final of this competition. The Brazilians were the bridesmaids in all three of their previous meetings with Chiefs in the TKO final – in 1997, 1998 and 2007.

Tickets for the cup clash sold out in less than three hours after they went on sale. This, according to Onyango, is not only a sign of the expectations from the fans but a strong indication of the support they will be enjoying tomorrow evening.

“I have played in couple of cup finals and I thank God the last one I played in I won it,” added Onyango. “It’s going to be another great cup final because we are playing a top team. I think they are a bigger team than Ajax (Sundowns beat Ajax in the 2015 Nedbank Cup final).

“They can handle the pressure and we can handle the pressure. We believe the better team will win the game. For us it is not about individuals, it is about the team.”

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