Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by AFL glory as they open their CAF Champions League account. Image Source: (@MamelodiSundowns/Twitter)

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by AFL glory as they open their CAF Champions League account. Image Source: (@MamelodiSundowns/Twitter)

Inspired Sundowns star Kekana confident of CAF CL glory

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana Is inspired by AFL glory and looks to lift the CAF Champions League trophy.

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by AFL glory as they open their CAF Champions League account. Image Source: (@MamelodiSundowns/Twitter)

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by AFL glory as they open their CAF Champions League account. Image Source: (@MamelodiSundowns/Twitter)

As they get their CAF Champions League campaign underway, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by their AFL glory.

The Sundowns star defender will hope to inspire the Tshwane giants to a victory when they host Nouadhibou on Sunday afternoon.

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Sundowns kick off their Champions League group stage assignments against what many call minnows from Mauritania but Kekana can’t undermine the visitors.

The continental contest comes just after Sundowns went to the recent FIFA international break where they lifted the inaugural African Football League trophy.

SUNDOWNS’ KEKANA INSPIRED BY AFL GLORY AHEAD OF CAF CL CAMPAIGN

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The former University of Pretoria defender, Kekana hopes Sundowns’ recent AFL triumph will inspire the side to go all out in the Champions League.

Having lifted the title in 2016 and reached the semi-finals last season, Kekana hopes Rulani Mokwena’s troops will show hunger and win their second title.

“[Winning the AFL] will give us a great sense of confidence going into the Champions League,” said Kekana per FarPOST.

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Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by AFL glory as they open their CAF Champions League account. Image Source: (@MamelodiSundowns/Twitter)
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is inspired by AFL glory as they open their CAF Champions League account. Image Source: (@MamelodiSundowns/Twitter)

“We all know what happened last season and the AFL proved that we can do it against the big guns and we became victorious in the AFL.

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“So we want to continue with that winning momentum and that mentality because the AFL was just the start of something even bigger.

“We hope that this season the Champions League will be brought home.”

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Under Aritz Garia, the visitors are set to make their maiden appearance in the group stages as they were eliminated in the preliminary stages on two occasions.

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“We know that it’s going to be a difficult journey. It’s going to be a journey that we need to be well prepared for,” adds the lanky Bafana Bafana defender.

“One where we don’t take anything for granted or anything for granted. There are a lot of surprises from the teams that are unknown on the continent such as FC Nouadhibou. So we don’t want to take them for granted or take any team likely.”

“They can expect a very good game. I think we all know what the Champions League is like, very competitive and tough.

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“This is also a tough team, we know that they have a few players in the Mauritania national team. So we expect the quality to be very high.

“We expect it to be physically just like most African teams. But it should be a good game, one that we are prepared for and one that we will certainly be ready for. “

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The match will be staged at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off is at 15:00.

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