After a rather disappointing result against Kashima Antlers on Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns are seeking a strong finish before heading back home to South Africa when they face Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai in a 5th-6th place playoff on Wednesday at the Suita City Football Stadium, Osaka, Japan.
The quarter-finals were truly a game of two halves, as Masandawana started off strongly in the first half but failed to convert any of the chances they created before the J-League Conquerors capitalized and put away two goals.
Despite the African Champions’ run in the annual competition ending, The Brazilians still have a strong desire to walk away with at least one win, as they strap up their boots in preparation for a prideworthy victory.
Dolly shares his thoughts on their first match, stating they were dissatisfied with the outcome but they have plenty of positives to gain from the experience.
“I think as a team we played well especially in the first half and we created chances, but like football goes, if you don’t score from the chances you create and the other team takes their chances, you lose the game.
I think we’re just disappointed with the result, not the whole match because we matched them in the first half and I think in the second half, they just took their chances and we ended up losing the game.
Overall however, this was a good experience for us and we can just take out positive things from this and now we can go back to South Africa and grow as a team and individuals” he said.
The skillful winger rates they have a second opportunity to prove themselves and will try end their last fixture in Japan on a high note.
“I think in life we always get a second chance to rectify your mistakes and build on what you started.
I think with us losing against Kashima, we can always go back and see what we did wrong and correct it in training so we’ll be better prepared for our next game against the Koreans.
Obviously we’ve come very far from home and we want to leave Japan knowing that we tried our best and we did our best, and winning the next game will just make us feel better after the recent loss.”
Dolly adds more international openings could leave players more equipped and exposed to the world standard of football and the Club World Cup is definitely one of those platforms.
“Not much of us got the opportunity at a young age to play in these type of tournaments. I think for most of the senior players, this is the highlight of their careers.
For some of us like myself and Percy Tau, at the age of 22, 23, to be a part of this tournament, we can always come back the next time and do better.”
The match is set to kick off at 4:30pm (9:30am local time).