Sundowns goalkeeper Andre Arendse remains positive his team can do well this season, despite not registering a win so far. Arendse spoke to SASoccer365.com following the 1-1 draw with SuperSport United...
"It's not been the start we wanted for our league campaign having lost two and drawing three games, not good at all for a big club like Sundowns. There is increasing pressure on everyone at the club to get a win, and with every game we aim for that and it's not happened yet," Arendse said.
The three-time Castle Premiership champions had to endure media reports this week suggesting their coach, Luis Oscar Fullone, would leaving and that certain players are unhappy at the Chloorkop-based club.
"The reports in the media are not true about the coach leaving or about players being unhappy at the club," Arendse confirmed. "As the captain one of my priorities is to see that the players are comfortable and positive at the club. And many of them are new including myself and there's been no such negativity within the team.
"The media are speculating and this hype they've created about the coach is not good for us or our supporters, and I want to assure the supporters that Luis is here to stay."
The pressure at the club has been mounting but Arendse is an experienced international and Castle Premiership campaigner.
"My first objective is to keep a clean sheet when we take the field of play, I'm responsible for giving my team half a chance at winning a game and then I'm concerned about the players welfare. After these losses you can get despondent and it's my job as captain to see that we don't succumb to these frustration's and that we remain positive.
"Every player knows that we are capable of more than what has happened so far and that it's only a matter of time before we win. So we're dealing with the pressure of not having registered a win and focusing on what can be achieved with a great crop of players."
An abundance of experience and skill is not lacking at Downs, they have 35-year-old veteran striker Daniel Mudau, a proven goalscorer, as well as young play-maker Sipho Nunens and Zambian international Rotson Kilambe.
"Guys like Mudau, Nunens and Godfrey Sapula add value to a team which does not lack experience or talent. We've got Rotson and Nunens who can be banked on for the future and the starting eleven know their positions are not guaranteed because of this abundance of good players.
"So although we did not have a good start to the season there's along way to go and the guys are up to the challenge of getting a fourth Castle Premiership trophy," he added.
But Arendse is not satisfied with the league fixtures changing all the time as teams need to be able to gain momentum in their campaigns.
"The changes in the league is not ideal. I mean it disturbs your rhythm, one week we play two games a week and now we have a shut-down for a couple of days? We need to get settled and I'm sure other players share the same views. I'm not too sure about why there are changes, but like i said it's not ideal."
The Brazilians will host Manning Rangers on September 28 at the Securico Loftus Stadium in their next Castle Premiership clash.