Arendse: 'We can handle pressure'
Tuesday April 25 2006
Highly-experienced Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Andre Arendse believes that his team is handling the pressure in the lead-up to their Castle Premiership clash against Tembisa Classic at the Super Stadium on Wednesday evening.
"I have seen many clubs crumble and lose the championship while at the doorsteps of glory," Arendse told his club's official website.
"I have seen it happen countless times in my 16-year career as a professional to know what I am talking about.
"It all has to do with A lack of experience and confidence. It is all about the pressure that comes with being at the top where everyone is taking pot shots at you in an attempt to knock you from your pedestal and whether you have the gumption to withstand the bombardment.
"Thankfully, and I must admit, I am surprised by the manner in which the players are handling all the pressure. I am particularly surprised by the younger guys who are so focused. It is amazing," added the former Bafana Bafana and Fulham FC (UK) goal-minder.
The 'Brazilians' go into this match expecting no favours, as Classic find themselves in a desperate battle to escape the dreaded relegation zone.
The Kwazulu-Natal side is currently enjoying mixed fortunes, lying third from the bottom in the Castle Premiership, but they have qualified for the 2005/06 ABSA Cup semi-finals where they will play against Orlando Pirates this weekend.