The League Is Getting Stronger - Nascimento

Mamelodi Sundowns star defender Ricardo Nascimento has no regrets of switching Europe for Africa as "every year the league is a new challenge and very competitive".


33-year-old Nascimento has been with the Brazilians for four years, after joining the club from Portuguese outfit Academica and he has since opened up on life at Sundowns.


"Yes it's now four years that I am playing for Mamelodi Sundowns, time does fly." he told Sundowns


"I was playing in Portugal when I was approached by Sundowns to come and play here in South Africa.


"I was living in Europe and my decision was not easy, but I was impressed with South Africa at first sight. Then with Sundowns as a club, the team and its structure.


"And it gets better with time. I feel that there's a lot of opportunity to grow. Every year the league is a new challenge and very competitive."


“My courage to kick penalties started at my previous club in Portugal and here coach Pitso also trusts me and gives me the opportunity – up to now, and thank God I’ve never missed. My secret is to practice at training and when the situation is real during the match I keep calm, relax, but the butterflies in my stomach are unavoidable.” he added regarded his role as Pitso Mosimane's designated penalty taker.