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Hlompho Kekana © Gallo Images

Sundowns want to hit the ground running



Mamelodi Sundowns are aware they need a victory to get their African Champions League campaign back on track as they prepare to clash with AS Port-Togo on Tuesday.

The Brazilians have drawn their opening two games in group C, but against what is perceived to be the weakest team in the pool, they will be gunning for all three points.

“We are aware of the standards that we have set for ourselves,” Hlompho Kekana, captain of the 2016 champions, told his club’s website. “Doing well in the Champions League is non-negotiable. We know that we are carrying a lot of responsibility as players to try and do well and put the club where it needs to be.

“We have shown in the past that we are capable of winning trophies. We have to maintain that and make sure that we continue doing well for the club.”

Sundowns have not played a competitive fixture since 22 May and Kekana says the players are feeling fresh.

“We had a break. It was good for us to be away from football a little bit. We are back now,” he said. “It’s back to business. We want try and start with a good run by winning the match in Togo so that we are in a good space in the group.

“A win will give us five points and we will be second in the group.”

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