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Sundowns focused on Champions League


“I want to know if there’s any Mamelodi Sundowns team that can beat that record."

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AN outrageous record is the fuel that has driven the Pitso Mosimane-led Mamelodi Sundowns to finish in the top two in the Absa Premiership in the last five seasons.

The Brazilians’ record in those five campaigns is impressive – finishing first, second, first, second and first to claim three league titles and be the only consistent feature in the league race in the last five seasons.

They’re also in the mix this season, currently in second place and tied on 40 points with first-placed Orlando Pirates, even though they have dished out their worst performance since Mosimane rescued them from the brink of relegation in 2012.

“Our target all the time is 72 points,” Mosimane says. “We thought that we could get 72 points (in the 2015/16 season) but we got 71 points. It’s a record that we have put for ourselves, not for anyone else – 71 points with the Telkom Knockout and the CAF Champions League.

“I want to know if there’s any Mamelodi Sundowns team that can beat that record.

“We did that, for that – not for the sake of other things.”

The current generation will not reach that magical 71 points this season.

But they can add a second star to the Sundowns’ badge like the class of 2016.

The Brazilians lead Group A in the Champions League with two games to go. Sundowns’ second last game is against Lobi Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium tomorrow night at 9pm.

“The Champions League is a priority for us,” Mosimane said. “You know that I always say that I would love to win everything, but you know where the biggest weight is. In the history of the club, the Champions League is huge.

“If it was easy, why can’t everybody win it? Because before you win the Champions League, you must be No 1 or No 2. Is it easy to be No 1 and No 2? It’s a difficult one. But after that, can you play three games in a week?

“That’s the Champions League requirements, and you are travelling … The priority at home is the league, but internationally, for the brand of Mamelodi Sundowns, it’s the Champions League.”