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Arendse wary of EC Bees’ sting

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse says they will not be taking their minnow opposition in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 lightly as they prepare to host Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League side EC Bees on Tuesday night.

Sundowns will be overwhelming favourites, even with head coach Pitso Mosimane away on his Pro Licence course, with his place on the bench taken by experienced assistant Manqoba Mngqithi.

The match is part of a bust programme for Sundowns that sees them also face Rwandan side Rayon Sports in the second leg of their African Champions League tie at the weekend.

“We’ve been in this space before, having to play in the league, Champions League and also be involved in a cup competition,” Arendse was quoted by his club’s website.

“It’s nothing new to us. The coach has been chopping and changing the team to ensure that the players are fresh. We have the depth in the squad. It’s up to us to kill the game against EC Bees as soon as possible so that the coach can start focusing on the match on the weekend. I don’t think that will hinder us in a way.”

Arendse says that although they are confident of victory, they will give their opponents due respect.

“We are not taking this game lightly. We have footage of them from their last game. We have seen their strengths and weaknesses. They are a very good team on the ball. We need to respect that.

“We are going to go out there, play our game of football and try to score early. When you play against these teams from the lower leagues, they always come out looking to express themselves and show the world what they are all about.

“That’s what we are going to get against EC Bees. They will come out all guns blazing and will run all over the place. We have to be calm, show our experience and show why we are a PSL team.”


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