Denis Onyango has responded to SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt after the latter criticized Mamelodi Sundowns for weakening other Premier Soccer League teams through financial power.
Sundowns have dominated the Premier Soccer League (PSL) winning the title five straight seasons and according to Hunt this has resulted from the former weakening the opposition by signing every good player there is.
But as per Onyango, this is brought about by Malelodi’s ambitiousness to become a stronger team and compete favorably, especially on the continent.
“Every team strengthens its squad depending on their priorities,” Onyango told Football256 in an interview.
“At Mamelodi, we strengthen mainly for the Champions League because it is the main fish which we are yearning for very much.”
“But at the same time we have to also compete in the PSL, yes we might be a strong team that end but it’s also tough a competition in its way.”
“It is not a walkover because at times we win the hard way just like in the recent games but there is no doubt we want to win the Champions League again,” the club’s captain noted.
Domestically, Sundowns’ trophy cabinet is well decorated with 15 Premier Soccer League titles, six Nedbank Cups, four Telcom Knockout, and MTN 8 trophies apiece.
Beyond South Africa, they have one Champions League and a Super Cup, and there is the hunger to improve on the continent.
Their first and last Champions League title came in 2016, and there has always been an endless desire to win it again, in vain.
Moroccan defender Abdelmounaim Boutouil is their latest acquisition from SCC Mohammedia.
Some of the other recruits are Ethiopian striker Abubeker Nasir and a record fee signing of Chilean Marcelo Allende among the other recruits.
In the ongoing 2022/23 season, the Brazilians are top of the 16-team PSL log with 19 points from nine outings.
Masandawana will begin their 2022/23 Champions League campaign in the first round of the qualifiers against Volcan Club de Moroni from Comoros.