Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.

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Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
Mamelodi Sundowns logo.svg
Full name Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club
Nickname(s) The Brazilians, Bafana baStyle, Masandawana, Kabo Yellow, Downs
Founded 1970; 48 years ago (1970)
Ground Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Ground Capacity 28,900
51,762
Owner Patrice Motsepe
Manager Pitso Mosimane
League ABSA Premiership
2017-18 Winners
Website Club website
Current season

Mamelodi Sundowns is a South African football club based in Pretoria that plays in the Premier Soccer League. Since the inception of the PSL in 1996 Sundowns have won the league title a record eight times and they were the 2016 CAF Champions League champions and 2016 CAF Club Of The Year. They have also won the Nedbank Cup four times, and hold the joint record of three National Football League Championships and are the only South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they finished in 6th place.

Sundowns are owned by billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe. The club's nickname, The Brazilians, is a reference to their soccer kits which resembles that of the Brazilian national team.

History[edit]

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club originated from Marabastad, a cosmopolitan area North West of the Pretoria CBD.

The club was originally formed in the early 1960s by a group of youngsters, among whom were Reginald Hartze, Joey Lawrence and Bernard Hartze, and it became an official football club in 1970.

The club was affiliated to the Federation Professional Football League in 1973 and in the same year reached the finals of the Coca-Cola Cup, where they played against Berea United and lost 5–3.

In 1978, the Federation Professional Football League threw their weight behind the then National Professional Football League. This meant the end of the Federation Professional Football League and the subsequent relegation of Sundowns to the second division.

For five years 'Downs battled to gain promotion and during that period the Sundowns' management resolved to disband the club, but instead the club relocated to Mamelodi in the early 1980s.

In 1985 South African football was the first sport to become non-racial and the National Soccer League was formed incorporating the top clubs in the country.

Sundowns earned promotion to the NPSL in 1983 but in their first season in top-flight football, they found the going difficult until Zola Mahobe came on board in 1985 and appointed Ben Segale as their coach.

In 1988, the ownership of the club fell into the hands of Standard Bank, which repossessed the club from Zola Mahobe. The club went into liquidation and the football family Angelo and Natasha Tsichlas spoke to the bank and saved the club. They then formed a company with Abe Krok and bought 100% of the club. Under the Tsichlas/Krok leadership Sundowns became the best team in South Africa. They won the first NSL League Trophy with Angelo Tsichlas as coach.

Premier Soccer League[edit]

National Soccer League was replaced by Premier Soccer League for the 1996–97 season. Sundowns won three consecutive titles from 1998 to 2000 as well as being Bob Save Super Bowl winners in 1998 and Rothmans Cup winners in 1999.

The club reached the final of the 2001 CAF Champions League where they were defeated 4–1 on aggregate by Egyptian club Al Ahly. Under Tsichlas the team became the best in South Africa and won more trophies than any other team in the country.

In 2004, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe bought a 51% share in the club and later took total control of the club by buying the remaining shares, thus becoming the sole owner and shareholder of the club. Under their new owner, Sundowns picked up their first piece of silverware for six years in May 2006 when co-coaches Miguel Gamondi and Neil Tovey oversaw Sundowns' triumph in the PSL, the seventh league title in their history.

After a slow start to the 2006–07 season, Gamondi and Tovey were relieved of their positions, and Gordon Igesund took over as head coach. Under Igesund, Sundowns defended their title in emphatic style, running away with the trophy. They failed to win the 'double', losing to Ajax Cape Town in the 2007 ABSA Cup final.

After a stuttering start to the 2009–10 season, an impressive run through the second half of the season saw the club to second position in the final league standings. The club nevertheless parted ways with coach Hristo Stoichkov.

In the 2010–11 season, Antonio Lopez Habas, who was the assistant coach under Stoichkov, took over the reins of the senior team. Sundowns made its best ever start to a League season and topped the league standings at the end of the first round. The second round of the league proved more competitive and Sundowns were in the hunt for the league title until the second last match. Habas resigned in February, citing personal reasons and went back to Spain. Assistant coach Ian Gorowa was appointed as interim head coach.

In 2011 Johan Neeskens was appointed coach of Sundowns.

On 2 December 2012 Pitso Mosimane took over as head coach and under his leadership Mamelodi Sundowns won the league 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 season. Mosimane oversaw the rise of Sundowns to win the CAF Champions League, which was the goal of owner Patrice Motsepe when he bought the club in 2004. 2017 Sundowns became the first team in South Africa to win the Caf Super cup by defeating TP Mazembe from DRC.

On 4 March 2012, the team set a remarkable South African record in the Nedbank Cup when they beat Powerlines by 24–0.[1][2]

2016[edit]

Starting line up for CAF Champions League 2016 Final first leg

Sundowns were eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the 2016 CAF Champions League, but were placed back in the competition after Congolese team Vita Club were disqualified from the competition for fielding a suspended player.[3] They continued in the competition all the way to the final, where they beat Egypt's Zamalek SC 3–1 on aggregate, claiming their first ever continental title and becoming only the second South African team to be crowned champions of Africa.[3]

Honours[edit]

National Titles[edit]

Winners (8): 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18 Record
Runners-up (3): 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016-17
Winners (3): 1988, 1989–90, 1992–93
Runners-up (2): 1990–91, 1994–95
Winners (4): 1986, 1998, 2008, 2014–15
Runners-up (5): 1989, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2011–12
Winners (3): 1990, 1999, 2015
Runners-up (4): 1997, 1998, 2007, 2012
Winners (3): 1988, 1990, 2007
Runners-up (6): 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2016

Challenge Cup's[edit]

Winners (5): 1991, 2000, 2004, 2005,2006

African Competitions[edit]

Best Final Position Year ( Season )
Winner 2016
Runners-up 2001
Best Final Position Year ( Season )
Winner 2017

Individual Awards[edit]

  • African Club of the Year 2016
  • South African team of the year 2016
  • PSL team of the season 2015-16, 2013-14

Performance in CAF Competitions[edit]

NB: South African football clubs started participating in CAF Competition's in 1993, after 16 years of being banned from FIFA due to the apartheid system. The ban extended from 1976 to 1992.

The club have 1 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs 1994 and 11 appearances in CAF Champions League from 1999 until now.

Year Best Finish
1994 Second Round
1999 Play-offs
2000 Group Stage
2001 Finalist
2006 First Round
2007 Play-offs
2008 Play-offs
2015 First Round
2016 Champion
2017 Quarterfinals
2018 Group Stage-Inprogess
2018-19 -
Year Best Finish
CAF Confederation Cup CAF Super Cup
2007 Group Stage DNQ
2008 Play-offs DNQ
2009 Second Round DNQ
2016 Play-offs DNQ
2017 DNQ Champion
Year Best Finish
CAF Cup African Cup winners' Cup
1996 Second Round DNQ
1998 DNQ Second Round
2003 Second Round DNQ
Note
  • DNQ - Did Not Qualify
  • The CAF announced on 24 May 2016 that Mamelodi Sundowns won on walkover after AS Vita Club were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in their preliminary round tie against Mafunzo.Mamelodi Sundowns played in the Confederation Cup play-off round before they were reinstated to the Champions League.

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Overall Matches[edit]

Competition P W D L GF GA
CAF Cup 8 4 1 3 11 7
African Cup Winners' Cup 4 2 1 1 7 3
CAF Champions League 78 41 20 17 115 76
CAF Confederation Cup 16 7 2 7 25 24
CAF Super Cup 1 1 0 0 1 0
Total 107 55 24 28 159 110
As of 25 March 2018

Performance in Fifa Club World Cup[edit]

NB: Mamelodi Sundowns is the first football club from Southern African to represent CAF in FIFA Club World Cup, following their 2016 CAF Champions League success.

Year Best finish P W D L GF GA GD Pst
2016 6th Places 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0
Total 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0
As of 18 December 2016

Club records[edit]

Type Nat Name's Records
Most starts South Africa Daniel Mudau 390
Most goals South Africa Daniel Mudau 172
Most capped player South Africa Katlego Mphela 32
Most starts in a season South Africa Themba Mnguni 48 (1997–98)
Most goals in a season South Africa Bennett Masinga 33 (1990)
Biggest victory South Africa vs Powerlines(4 March 2012, Nedbank Cup) 24 - 0
Biggest defeat Ivory Coast vs Africa Sports (4 Nov 2000, CAF Champions League) 1 - 6

Source:[5]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Season Pos Record
P W D L F A GD Pst
1996–97 3rd 34 13 11 10 35 30 5 50
1997–98 CHAMPIONS 34 19 11 4 48 25 23 68
1998–99 CHAMPIONS 34 23 6 5 70 26 44 75
1999–00 CHAMPIONS 34 23 6 5 68 34 34 75
2000–01 3rd 34 17 8 9 58 32 26 59
2001–02 4th 34 15 11 8 47 32 15 56
2002–03 4th 30 11 6 13 30 30 0 39
2003–04 4th 30 8 12 10 32 32 0 36
2004–05 3rd 30 16 8 6 54 28 26 56
2005–06 CHAMPIONS 30 16 9 5 45 19 26 57
2006–07 CHAMPIONS 30 18 7 5 45 17 28 61
2007–08 4th 30 13 8 9 40 35 5 47
2008–09 5th 30 11 7 12 28 28 0 40
2009–10 2nd 30 16 8 6 43 23 20 56
2010–11 4th 30 18 4 8 52 28 24 58
2011–12 4th 30 14 10 6 44 23 21 52
2012–13 9th 30 9 12 9 31 27 4 39
2013–14 CHAMPIONS 30 20 5 5 51 25 26 65
2014–15 2nd 30 16 9 5 44 24 20 57
2015–16 CHAMPIONS 30 22 5 3 55 20 35 71
2016–17 2nd 30 16 9 5 52 20 32 57
2017–18 CHAMPIONS 30 18 6 6 49 24 25 60
Total 684 352 178 154 1021 574 445 1234
As of 13 May 2018

Management & Staff[edit]

Position Nat Name's
Owner/President South Africa Patrice Motsepe
Acting General Manager South Africa Yogesh Singh
Director's South Africa Dr Rejoice Simelane, Adv Andrew Matube, Mr Andre Wilkens, Mr Sandile Langa
Legal & Commercial Manager South Africa Mr Yogesh Singh
Supporter Mobilisation Manager South Africa Mr Alex Shakoane
Supporter Co-ordination Manager South Africa Mr Daniel Mudau
Finance Manager South Africa
Administration Manager South Africa Ms Belinda Ndlovu
Facilities & Projects Manager South Africa Mr Charles Ferreira
Marketing & Special Projects Manager South Africa
Head of Security South Africa
Communications Co-ordinator South Africa Mr Thulani Thuswa
Supporters Assistant South Africa Ms Daisy Kgopa
Accountant South Africa Mr Jacob Molusi
HR and Administration South Africa Mr Boniface Motsepe
Receptionist South Africa Ms Tina Lesita

Technical team[edit]

Position Nat Name's
Director of Football Sweden Erik Hamrén
Coach South Africa Pitso Mosimane
Assistant Coach 1st South Africa Manqoba Mngqithi
Assistant Coach 2nd South Africa
Goalkeeper coach South Africa Wendell Robinson
Head of youth development South Africa Sam Mbatha

Source:[6]

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 17 January 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Zambia GK Kennedy Mweene
2 South Africa DF Thabo Nthethe
4 South Africa DF Tebogo Langerman
5 South Africa MF Asavela Mbekile
6 South Africa DF Wayne Arendse
7 South Africa MF Oupa Manyisa
8 South Africa MF Hlompho Kekana
9 Zimbabwe FW Cuthbert Malajila
11 South Africa MF Sibusiso Vilakazi
13 South Africa MF Tiyane Mabunda
14 Uganda GK Denis Onyango
15 South Africa MF Lucky Mohomi
16 Brazil MF Ricardo Nascimento
17 South Africa MF George Lebese
18 South Africa MF Themba Zwane
19 New Zealand FW Jeremy Brockie
No. Position Player
20 South Africa DF Anele Ngcongca
22 South Africa MF Percy Tau
25 South Africa FW Aubrey Ngoma
26 Uruguay FW Gastón Sirino
27 South Africa MF Thapelo Morena
28 Liberia MF Anthony Laffor
29 Ivory Coast DF Soumahoro Bangaly
31 Ghana GK Brimah Razak
32 South Africa DF Motjeka Madisha
33 Zimbabwe MF Khama Billiat
34 South Africa DF Thendo Mukumela
35 South Africa FW Keletso Makgalwa
37 South Africa FW Thokozani Sekotlong
38 South Africa DF Siyabonga Zulu
40 South Africa DF Rivaldo Coetzee

Foreigners[edit]

In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

Permanent residency:

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sundowns make South African history with 24–0 win". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Downs thrash Powerlines in record win". Sundowns FC. 4 March 2012. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Mortada Mansour blames sorcery for Zamalek African Champions League defeat". The Guardian. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Disqualification of AS Vita Club". CAF. 24 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mamelodi Sundowns". Kickoff.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  6. ^ Kickoff PSL Yearbook 2013/2014, p. 28.

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