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Arendse asks Downs fans for patience 12/05/04
SASoccer365's Francis Makoni chatted to Sundowns goalkeeper Andre Arendse about the Brazilian's fortunes this season, his dreams of playing for Bafana Bafana again and the 2010 World Cup bid.

In the 1990's Sundowns were renowned for their free flowing Brazilian type of football, which became known as 'piano and shoeshine soccer' in this country.

In recent seasons, however, the teams fortunes have taken a turn for the worse and glory has been eluding the once-proud team.

The Brazilians have had three high profile coaches this season but have still not yielded the desired results that their supporters expect from the three-time PSL champions.

When Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Andre Arendse and a number of other big-name players such as Manqoba Ngwenya, Clement Mazibuko, Hilton Jordaan Sipho Nduzo joined the Pretoria side, the Brazilians fans thought that the silverware drought was behind them.

However, things have not gone according to plan for the club's new owner, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, who has injected millions of his own money into the club.

"People expected us to do so much because we have players who have done very well at other teams before they joined the Brazilians," explained Arendse.

When a new coach joins any team, he introduces his own style and players are often unsettled for some time before they become accustomed to the new man in charge, and this has affected Arendse at both club and national level.

"We had three coaches this season at Sundowns and also we have also had coaches coming and going at national level.

"I think that our fans should be understanding when they see that we are not doing so well because the players will be insecure when a new boss comes in and this affects their play, especially when immediate results are expected."

Settling in Pretoria did not affect the Cape Town born-and-bred keeper at all, but he says that he experienced a huge difference from his previous club Santos.

"It was the second time that I had joined a team outside Cape Town and I did not feel out of place because I think that having played in London for four years help me a lot to adjust at Sundowns," said the most capped goalkeeper for Bafana Bafana, with 67 caps to his name.

With a new national coach at the helm and the country expecting Bafana Bafana to bring back the national glory last tasted in 1996, Arendse is still hopeful of wearing the national jersey again.

"Playing for one's national team is every player's desired dream and as much as it is the prerogative of the coach to choose the players, I would not want to think that I am out of Bafana Bafana reckoning," he said.

The former Cape Town Spurs and Fulham shot stopper has cited the lack of time spent together by the Bafana Bafana players as a reason for the team's declining fortunes.

"People who compare the current National team team with the one that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996 are right when they say the latter is not as good as the championship winning team.

"However, when we conquered Africa then, we were in camp for more than a month but now whenever the team are playing, they don't spent that much time together before big tournaments any more," he noted.

Arendse said he is looking forward to Saturday 15 May when the news about who will host the World Cup in 2010 is announced.

"It is every player's dream to play in the World Cup, let alone in his own country. I am praying that we win the right to be the first African country to host the this prestigious tournament," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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