SOUTH AFRICA’S MAMELODI SUNDOWNS EYES TOP FOUR FINISH AT FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP

South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns have left for Japan to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup and the African champions have set their sights on a top four finish.

A win by the Pretoria-based club in their first game in Osaka on Dec 11 will see them proceed to the semifinals against Atletico Nacional, the 2016 Copa Libertadores winners from Colombia. The Sundowns are due to play the winner of a playoff between J1 League champions Kashima Antlers of Japan and Auckland City, the Oceania champions on Dec 11 for a place in the semi-finals.

“I think, as players, we don’t need more motivation than this. Its a special moment in our careers and we are looking forward to it,” said Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana.

“Represent the country well; represent the continent well and the club well. It would be nice to see ourselves go to the semifinals and when we are at the semifinals, it’s just as well that we go to the final. Let’s first go to the semifinals and take it from there,” said coach Pitso Mosimane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK