Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lakay ready for CAF Champions League football for the first time

Mamelodi Sundowns left back Lyle Lakay cannot wait to get his first taste of CAF Champions League with the 2016 winners.

Lakay could not play for Sundowns in their last Champions League campaign because he was cup tied, after playing for his former club Cape Town City in the Confederation Cup.

Sundowns will face Equatoguinean football club Leones Vegetarianos in the preliminary round.

“I’m excited and I am ready. We are going to be playing week in and out. I prefer to play that way because if you look at it that’s how they play in Europe. You play on Wednesday and again on Saturday. You pick up momentum like that, because if you win during the week and again the weekend, you start building momentum and confidence,” Lakay told our source.

“Even if you lose on the weekend, you’ve got a quicker chance of rectifying it and winning again [during the week]. I am excited that we will be playing in the Champions League, considering the team won it before. We are serious contenders for it, so I am looking forward to it.”

Lakay says playing for Sundowns has turned to be what he expected it to be. There’s a winning mentality, which has seen them become one of the continent’s best sides under the tutelage of coach Pitso Mosimane.

“When it comes to mentality, yes then definitely. They have that winning mentality and all that, which is basically what I expected and prepared myself for,” the former Bloemfontein Celtic winger said.

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