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Mabunda: I Have Played Against Some of The Biggest Teams In The World

Midfielder Tiyani Mabunda shared some of his greatest memories he’s experienced with Mamelodi Sundowns over the past years.

Despite not seeing regular game-time this season, the 32-year-old remains one of Sundowns’ most influential players as he’s been throughout the years, contributing to their success both domestically and on the African continent.

Personally, Mabunda has his own success story to tell and speaking to the Brazilians’ official website, Mabunda shared some of his greatest memories from the past few seasons.

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“I have played against some of the biggest teams in the world and on the continent and that’s really a great feeling to have gone up against Barcelona, Zamalek, Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca – those are the games you cherish because they bring the best out of you because you dig deep and exhaust all the efforts that you have,” he said.

“I have something to be proud of. I have special moments against each of those teams. The first game I played against Al Ahly we won 5-0, which is memorable because it has never happened that they would lose by such a big margin. We rewrote history. With Zamalek, I was able to get my goal back after my first CAF Champions League goal was annulled (against ES Setif) and Zamalek are the team we beat in the final. We’ve also built such a great relationship with Wydad and their fans.”

“Playing in Japan at the Fifa Club World Cup was a great blessing for me. It could have only been by God’s grace to participate at the highest level. It’s something to cherish and something I will never forget.”

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“I’ve learnt throughout my career that it is not just talent that will get you there, but it also required a lot of hard work, especially if you remember our journey to getting to the Club World Cup. We learnt that it’s not about individual brilliance, it’s about team work at that level and being able to realise the moments you have to take as a team. It really built us not only as footballers, but as human beings,” Mabunda added.

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