A Champions League winners’ medal would be a fitting reward for the dedication and commitment shown over the years by Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse.
Ahead of Saturday’s final first leg against Zamalek (3pm), the man from Mitchells Plain admits the two-legged clash will be the biggest of his life.
He says: “We are very much aware of what is at stake for the club and for the country. We have to keep a clean sheet so that they don’t have an away goal.
“That takes the pressure off the team and we have the players to do the
business at the other end of the field, we’ll be looking to score at least one or two goals when the chances arise.”
The Brazilians have already played the Egyptians this season in the competition, but that will not play in either side’s favour, according to Arendse.
The 31-year-old says: “They know our game, we know their game, so it will be a tight final, decided by small margins.”
With players like fiery goalscorer Khama Billiat at the disposal of Sundowns, there could be a number of pivotal individual battles.
Arendse adds: “Khama is something else. The goals he scores are there for all to see, but there is a lot more to his game, he works very hard for the team.
“Keagan Dolly is another one who has been outstanding.
“He’s a top player who has a new lease on life since joining Sundowns, he’s been all guns blazing since coming here.
“We’re still without Leonardo Castro, but Anthony Laffor has shown his quality up front with some crucial goals.”