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Former Sundowns Defender On His Move Back To Ajax

Former Mamelodi Sundowns Defender On His Move Back To Ajax Cape Town

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 22, 2017 03:20 PM

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Mario Booysen, says that moving back to Ajax Cape Town was an easy decision to make.

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The 29-year-old completed his move to the Urban Warriors in the final hours of the transfer window on August 31, returning back home where it all started.

“For me, it was an easy decision to come back home. I have a lot of friends here and I know the Ajax Cape Town way of playing. I’m part of the family,” Booysen said on Ajax’s official website.

“The move came at a good time, I missed pre-season with the boys, but I was active and on national duty, so that made things easier – in terms of fitness,” he added. 

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Ajax will face log leaders, Baroka FC, this weekend in an Absa Premiership clash, this before locking horns with Cape Town City in the first Ikapa derby of the season next week.

“One game at a time. The Derby is next week, three points is three points and our focus, for now, is on Baroka. We want maximum points this weekend to build on our momentum heading into the Derby,” Booysen concluded. 


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indidanee Joined: 04 Mar 2017
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indidanee Sep 22, 2017 05:42 PM
Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Thapelo Morena feels Wydad Casablanca will be more aggressive in their CAF Champions League quarterfinal rematch, compared to the first leg. READ: Downs endure Wydad gamesmanship Wydad were happy to let Sundowns have all the possession at Lucas Moripe Stadium last Sunday as they lost 1-0 in Tshwane. READ: Arendse hopes for early goals They now host the African champions at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on Saturday, knowing that they have a good record on home soil in this year’s Champions League. Wydad have not lost at home, scoring six goals to go with the impressive record of not conceding at all in the four matches played in their backyard. Morena, however, believes they have enough pace in their side to unsettle their opponents. “At home they might be more aggressive than they were in the first leg. We’ve seen their games, but we are prepared to fight,” Morena tells indidane. “Yes, we have a lot of pace and every game has its structure. We are going to hear from the coach how we are going to approach the game and we can take it from there. “We have one goal – to go there and do our best. If we can, we can score two goals. The most important thing is to qualify for the semi-final.” Morena could be played at right wing, while Anele Ngcongca slots in at right-back because coach Pitso Mosimane wants to use the former Genk player’s experience in defence to deny Wydad a goal at home for the first time in the competition this year.
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Rand-Dollar-Pound Sep 22, 2017 04:26 PM
News? No way José! Who does not know that Booysen was part of the deal when Riva was bought by Sundowns. Let me drop my CV Soccerladuma. This is pathetic.
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THE NK Sep 22, 2017 04:06 PM
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FlyingBucs Sep 22, 2017 04:04 PM
No way u getting points against my home town team
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I can't wait to see african champions playing tomorow I don't care about this cow
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iDunu Sep 22, 2017 03:29 PM
Mamelodi Sundowns thrive under pressure‚ and the fuller the away stadium the better‚ defender Wayne Arendse has said about the team’s second leg of their Caf Champions League quarterfinal against Wydad Casablanca. Sundowns have been at the wrong end of Wydad’s gamesmanship at their base in Moroccan capital Rabat this week ahead of the second leg 90 kilometres away in Casablanca on Saturday night (10pm SA time)‚ where the Brazilians have to protect a 1-0 lead. The Moroccans led defending champions Downs merry dance providing a training ground. That was just a taste of what might come at Wydad’s 67,000-seater home ground‚ Stade Mohamed V. Arendse said Wydad’s gamesmanship came as no surprise‚ and that Downs have learnt to thrive under pressure‚ especially in packed‚ hostile stadiums. “We’ve been here and we know what it’s about and how people treat you‚ the hostile crowds‚ everything that’s around the game‚” the centreback said. “Because it’s that knockout stage of the competition where both teams want it. “We know what to expect‚ what to do and how to behave. It’s nothing new for us – we’ve been here. “We’re used to away crowds. We thrive on that. The fuller the stadium the better it is to play. “Wherever we’ve played away the stadiums have been full‚ and the guys just came out of their shells and played. “We can expect about 40,000 to 60,000 here‚ and that’s when our guys start playing.” Arendse made a return to Champions League football from injury in the 1-0 first leg win at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Sunday. He said Downs would not go out to defend such a slender lead in Morocco. “In the first leg we managed to get the goal and also keep a clean sheet‚ which is two positives‚” the defender said. “But going into the second leg‚ going to Wydad’s home venue‚ we know it's going to be tough. “For us it’s been about the preparations and everything and I think we need to hold onto that. Because they need to score. “So‚ we need to be tight as a unit defensively‚ but at the same time we need to score as well. “Because at the back of our minds‚ we know that if we get that one goal away‚ then Wydad have to score three. “And if we have the balance in the team where we know that the objective is to score as well‚ and not just defend. And if we can score early‚ the earlier the better.”
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iDunu Sep 22, 2017 03:26 PM
The Fifa Club World Cup, with all the harsh lessons Mamelodi Sundowns were handed, proved to Sibusiso Vilakazi that he had made the right decision to join the Brazilians from Bidvest Wits. The 27-year-old stands by that decision even after the Clever Boys made history without him, winning their first Absa Premiership title in the club’s history while Vilakazi finished a disappointing season with nothing from the domestic league. “There are no regrets,” Vilakazi said in a matter-of-fact tone. “Yes, on the other side they won the league and they did well for themselves. But at the same time I came here and I played at the Club World Cup, a different level. "I won the CAF Super Cup, a different level. I am in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League, a different level. I took my game to the next level by coming to Sundowns.” “We were smashed in the Club World Cup. We got a lesson and a shock. But it also motivated us to return there and we know what we have to do to achieve that - win the Champions league so that we can test ourselves against the best in the world. "I am now competing at a higher level. Bigger than anything you can do in the PSL. The Champions League doesn’t just test your football. It also tests your mental strength because of the things you have to endure, from the travelling to the hostile crowds and the tricks clubs play when you’re in their backyard.” The Brazilians’ trip to Morocco is testimony to what Vilakazi is speaking about. The African champions reached Rabat by firstly flying to Cairo in Egypt, then Casablanca before going to the city that will host their clash with Wydad Casablanca at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium at 10pm South African time on Saturday. The Brazilians had to find their own training pitch after the Moroccans didn’t bother to arrange one. Such things and the demands at Sundowns took Vilakazi out of his comfort zone. He struggled to adapt in his first season. “It was disappointing,” Vilakazi said. “I couldn’t wait for the start of this season, my second season here. I was driven by the desire to get better and improve. I am glad that we have done well in the Champions League. That’s the big fish at the moment. Obviously when you chase a big fish, it comes with bigger challenges and players have to rise to the occasion.” Vilakazi and company have to rise to the occasion in Rabat with a 1-0 advantage. It’s a slender lead that will need them to find the right balance between attack and defence, especially against a team that has won all their home games in the Champions League without conceding in their own backyard. “Vila”, as Vilakazi, is affectionately known, has found his groove at Sundowns in his role as the link between the midfield and the attack. “I had to become a complete player, defend, attack and score, to fit in here at Sundowns,” Vilakazi said. “Football isn’t about one person. It’s about the team. But for you to make a good contribution to the team, you have to find yourself first. I have done that and that’s why I am now comfortable with my game and what I bring to the team.”

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