Sundowns and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Andre Arendse spoke to SASoccer365 journalist Shahied Joseph about life at the Mamelodi-based team and watching his former club Santos flying high in the Castle Premiership.
Shahied Joseph: Andre, 11 points from 11 games, what's with the three-time Premiership champions?
Andre Arendse: I must admit we've had a bad start to the season but we are improving especially in defence which is my area of concern. It's up front where we have not made use of goal scoring opportunities and that will be corrected soon. It's not good for a club with our history but we'll get back to winning ways soon.
SJ: How is the morale within the camp after your recent draw with Leopards?
AA: That is a game we should have won. The guys are in good spirits, I mean we're professionals and we know this could happen to anyone, unfortunately it's us. Like I said we are creating chances it's just in front of goal where we have to be clinical.
SJ: Is having two coaches, Oscar Luis Fullone and Khabo Zondo, working for the club?
AA: It definitely is. The players are responding well to their training methods as they share the responsibilities and it's been good for us. They get along well and even play pranks on each other and share their humour with the team.
SJ: There are 21 games left this season, do you see yourselves challenging for the title?
AA: We have to be realistic in this sense and aim for a finish higher than last season's 10th place. It's not ideal to say this as Sundowns had a mission to win the league. The gap between the top teams and us is increasing but the teams on top can drop points and when we start winning and keep the momentum going, well you never know what could happen.
SJ: Do you have any regrets about leaving Santos who are now top of the league?
AA: No not at all. You must understand this is a new challenge for me, whether we are on a good run or bad. I enjoyed my time at Santos and I'll say again I left them on good terms with good intentions.
SJ: Ok then, what do you, as captain, say to your supporters who see their team trailing the likes of Santos, Chiefs and Pirates?
AA: Firstly, we owe them. The one thing I've noticed of the Sundowns faithful is that they have come to our home games in numbers and the support has been fantastic. Second, they are keeping us going through this difficult experience and I say thank you to all of them, not just the Pretoria-based guys but all of them in South Africa.
SJ: Andre thanks and enjoy the rest of your day, hope you get a good result soon and we can talk again.
AA: Thanks and it's a pleasure and I'm available for comment anytime.