Kekana admits fans worry ahead of restart
05 August 2020 | Sports
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana admits it will take some getting used to playing in front of empty stands for the remainder of the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League season.
Players from elite leagues in Europe have complained of the eerie feeling of playing in an empty stadium that does take some getting used too, as PSL sides are about to find out.
It will be another of the psychological hurdles the teams will have to overcome when matches start, and Sundowns will find out first-hand when they meet Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium in their Nedbank Cup semi-final on Saturday night.
We will do our best
“It is going to be difficult and we won't cope playing without the fans,” Kekana told his club's website. “The atmosphere that the fans bring during game day is always electrifying.
“The beating of the drums and dancing with the fans after the game is always a scene that creates a mood and it is heartbreaking that it will not be there as we resume football but the boys are aware of what is at stake.
“We going to represent the fans very well as their absence will be felt and we must make sure that every game we play we play for the supporters so that they can feel our presence.”
Sundowns have potentially 11 games remaining between 8 August and 8 September, if they make the Nedbank Cup final, a tough schedule that will test them physically and mentally over a four-week period.