Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says players do not focus on boardroom politics that has been affecting the team in recent weeks.

There were reports over the weekend that coach Pitso Mosimane and Communications Manager Alex Shakoane do not see eye to eye.

Mosimane was not present when Sundowns had their media open day at Chloorkop on Wednesday, with assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi taking the players through their paces.

It was said that Mosimane is suffering from a toothache that is why he did not attend the training session although he was in Chloorkop.

Sundowns are preparing for the Telkom Knockout semi-final clash against Golden Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

The two teams also met two weeks ago with Arrows winning 3-2 in a league match at the same venue. Kekana says they need to work on their defence and attack.

Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United will meet in the second semi-final in Nelspruit on Sunday.

Chiefs have already beaten Sundowns twice in the Shell Helix Cup and the league match. Many fans would like to see the dream final between the two teams.

Kekana says it will be a good final but stressed that revenge is not in their mind.

Sundowns have not won a local knockout competition or even reach a final in a long time. The last time they reached a final was when they lost to Bidvest Wits in the MTN 8 final in 2016.

Kekana says competing in many cup competitions including the CAF Champions League has affected their run in cups.

The PSL champions have not won in the last two games against Baroka FC and Golden Arrows. Kekana says they are currently going through a bad patch. – Report by Vincent Sitsula