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Asavela Mbekile believes Mamelodi Sundowns can emulate Orlando Pirates as the country's best team by winning the 2016 Caf Champions League title

Speaking to the media ahead of the Brazilians trip to Cairo for their continental clash against Zamalek, the 29-year-old explained that the Buccaneers are the best team in South Africa because they have won the coveted title. 

Sundowns reached the final in 2001, but suffered defeat to Al Ahly. Mbekile is hopeful that the current crop can go one better this time around.  

“Pirates are the best in South Africa because they have got the star [on their crest] so to be the best we also need the star as well, said Mbekile. 

"We have to aim high and they are up there so it is one of those things that we want. 

Sundowns defeated ES Setif 2-0 (a result which has since been chalked off), before edging Enyimba 2-1 on home soil to get off to the perfect start in Group B. 

Mbekile, who has gone about filling the void at right-back for the club of late, revealed that victories over two former champions have boosted the club's confidence. 

“It means a lot to us because we defeated two teams that have won the Champions League before. So, it gives us confidence that we can do it [win the title]. 

"Even the coach has been saying that we are the best in the country and we just have to show on the field that we are the best. I think we always believed that we are a good team, it is just that we have to prove it now on the field," Mbekile added. 

Moreover, the former Moroka Swallows star says the club are looking forward to playing at the Petro Sport Stadium in Cairo, even if the atmosphere will be hostile. 

“It is always great when there are fans because every player wants to play when the stadium is full. I don’t think it is going to be a problem, but we will just go there and make sure that we get the points that we need," Mbekile concluded.