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Mabunda: We are geared up to retain our title

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda says he is gearing up for some "high intensity football" after a difficult time with the pandemic.

The 32-year-old was reflecting on his career while insisting the Brazilians are hungry to retain their Premier Soccer League title.

Kaizer Chiefs are currently leading the suspended PSL, with Downs just four points adrift in second but having played a game less.

Speaking to the club's official website, the former Black Leopards man said he's grateful for a long and successful career.

Mabunda said: "We have been through a difficult time with the pandemic and the lockdown, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"We look forward to returning to the field of play because that is who we are and what we stand for. We want to continue where we left off, but we really needed this rest.

"For the first time in seven years we have had time to rest. So I am looking forward to restarting the engine and playing high intensity football. We are geared up to retain our title. I believe the boys are ready and want to also celebrate the club turning 50 years."

Mabunda added: "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.

"I have something to be proud of. I have special moments against each of those teams."