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Kekana: We are not going out for revenge

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POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 07: Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates his goal during the Absa Premiership match between Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns at Peter Mokaba Stadium on May 07, 2013 in Polokwane, South Africa
POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 07: Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates his goal during the Absa Premiership match between Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns at Peter Mokaba Stadium on May 07, 2013 in Polokwane, South Africa

Mamelodi Sundows midfielder Hlompho Kekana says the team will not go to Sunday’s afternoon clash against Bloemfontein Celtic with revenge on their minds.

The Brazzilians were beaten by Bloemfontein Celtic last season in the final of the Telkom Knock-Out Cup and they will face the same opponents in the first round of this year’s edition at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium, kick-off at 3pm SA time.

“We’re firmly focused on a win in Free State against Celtic, and we take the game as the new fixture because it will not do any good for us to go into the match thinking about what happed last year in the final. We were unfortunate to lose to them in last year’s final but that is football, and we have to move on” Said Kekana who was in the books of Bloemfontein Celtic before joining Sundowns

This will be the second time this season both teams meet after contesting in opening round of the new Premier Soccer League where Sundowns won by 3-1 but Kekana says his team should be careful, as Celtic are dangerous to play away from home, even though they have managed to win away to them so far this season.

“We are playing them in their backyard and that’s where they are most dangerous and we know that we have to be on top form to get positive results against them away from home.” Added the 28-year old

Mamelodi Sundowns will be eager to turn the tables around as they went through five seasons without silverware and this worried Kekana who joined the Brazilians with an ambition to win trophies. “ The current crop of players here are hungry for success.” He said

“We want to put our names in the history books of Mamelod Sundows by winning as many cups as we can. The technical team is trying by all means to keep the players in good shape even though its not easy as we are playing to many matches, but will soldier on.

The last time Mamelodi Sundows won a cup was back in 2007/2008 season when they lifted the Nedbank Cup under Gordon Igesund.