Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.

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Mamelodi Sundowns
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Full nameMamelodi Sundowns Football Club
Nickname(s)Bafana ba StyleMasandawanaKa bo Yellowshoe shine and piano The Brazilians
Short nameSundowns, SUN, MSD
Founded1970;52 years ago (1970)
Ground Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium
Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Capacity28,900
51,762
Owner Patrice Motsepe
ChairmanTlhopie Motsepe
Head coach Manqoba Mngqithi
League DStv Premiership
2021–22 1st (champions)
Website Club website
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Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club (simply known as Sundowns) is a South African professional football club based in Mamelodi, Pretoria in the Gauteng province that plays in the Premier Soccer League, the first tier of South African football league system. Founded in the 1970s, the team plays its home games in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium and Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.

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Sundowns have won the Premier League title a record 12 times since its inception in 1996, hold the joint record of 3 National Soccer League Championships and have won 15 league titles in total. It is currently the most successful football club in the South African PSL era. They won the 2016 CAF Champions League, 2017 CAF Super Cup and were voted the 2016 CAF Club of the Year. Domestically, they have also won the Nedbank Cup six times, the MTN 8 four times and the Telkom Knockout four times. They are the first South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they finished in 6th place.

Sundowns is owned by South African business magnate Patrice Motsepe and is one of the most valuable clubs in Africa, by market value. [1] The club's nickname, The Brazilians, is a reference to their soccer kit (blue and yellow) which resembles that of the Brazilian National Team. The club takes pride in its unique style of attacking play, locally dubbed "Shoe Shine & Piano" which includes combinations of quick, short passes on the ground and this is likened to the Spanish Tiki-taka. Over the years, this style of play has been reflected in its Youth teams and Women's football team. In 2021, Sundowns became the first club in Africa to win both CAF Champions League and CAF Women's Champions League titles.In 2022 August 26 it was announced that the club will feature on the upcoming EA FIFA 23.

History

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club originated around Marabastad, a cosmopolitan area north west of the Pretoria CBD.

The club was originally formed in the early 1960s by a group of friends ( Philanthropist and Businessman Fish Kekana, Dr. Motsiri Itsweng and Dr. Bonnie Sebotsane) among whom were 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 League threw their weight behind the then National Professional Football League. This meant the end of the Federation Professional 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. Under the new owner Mahobe, Sundowns fortunes changed for the better as they began to challenge for top honours in the domestic league. The big spending Sundowns boss recruited the services of elite South African footballers on a quest for supremacy. Mahobe went to Soweto to acquire the services of the highly rated coach Stanley "Screamer" Tshabalala, who was assisting Blackpool at the time, to lead the ambitious Sundowns team. Under the tutelage of Screamer Tshabalala, Sundowns played an entertaining and effective brand of football which became known as "The Shoe Shine and Piano" and won various major trophies in the process to cement the club as one of the powerhouse of the South African football.

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 [ vague ] team in South Africa. They won the first NSL League Trophy with Angelo Tsichlas as coach.

Premier Soccer League

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.

After dominating the local league by winning the league title three times in a row, Sundowns extended their focus to continental glory. In 2001, the club became only the second South African team to reach the prestigious CAF Champions League when they defeated Petro Atlético in the semifinals to reach their first continental cup final. 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 won more trophies than any other team in South Africa.

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 highly rated Dutch tactician Johan Neeskens was appointed as the coach of Sundowns in a bid to awaken the sleeping giant that hadn't won silverware since winning the 2008 Nedbank cup. The Dutch-born coach gave a number of young players from the development team opportunities to impress in the senior team. Even though the Dutch mentor made the team play free-flowing and an entertaining brand of football, his failure to capture silverware led to his demise. In 2012, under the leadership of Neeskens, the club lost the 2012 Nedbank final 2–1 to Tshwane rivals Supersport United. His coaching stint at Chloorkop was short-lived as the impatient and demanding Sundowns supporters exerted pressure to the management to sack him. When the team failed to win the 2012 Telkom Knockout final against Bloemfontein Celtic, Neeskens got sacked as the head coach of the Tshwane-based side as the team was also languishing in the relegation zone.

On 2 December 2012, Pitso Mosimane took over as head coach and under his leadership Mamelodi Sundowns won the 2013/2014, 2015/2016, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 league titles. 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. In 2017, Sundowns became the second team in South Africa, after Orlando Pirates F.C., to win the CAF Super Cup by defeating TP Mazembe from the DRC.

On 4 March 2012, the team set a remarkable South African record in the Nedbank Cup when they beat Powerlines by a score of 24–0. [2] [3]

2016

Starting lineup for CAF Champions League 2016 Final, 1st 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. [4] In their journey for gold, Sundowns opened their campaign with an annulled 2–0 win against Algeria's ES Setif courtesy of Mabunda and Khama Billiat goals.

Despite the disappointment of losing 3 points, that did not halt their performance. On 26 June 2016, they faced Nigeria club Enyimba International F.C. in the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium. They defeated the Nigerians 2–1 with goals from Leonardo Castro and Wayne Arendse in the 42nd and 78th minutes, respectively. Their good form continued to Egypt, defeating Egyptian club Zamalek SC with a goal from Mabunda in the 17th minute, followed by an Ibrahim leveller in the 36th minute, prevailing with a 66th-minute goal from their star player Khama Billiat, which ended the match in favour of the Brazilians 2–1. They repeated this in the 2nd leg by beating the Egyptian club 1–0 with an own goal from Ali Gabr in the 79th minute. The win assured 'Downs a place in the semifinals, but they needed to end their group stage campaign on a high away against Enyimba. Playing with young players, 'Downs succumbed to their first defeat by 3–1 on a rainy slippery field.

In the semifinals, they faced Zambian team ZESCO United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, where they lost to quick succession goals just a minute apart in the 54th and 56th minutes from Mwanza. Billiat netted a goal in the 86th minute to bring the score to 2–1, leaving 'Downs with much to do in the second leg. In the second leg, 'Downs did what was needed of them by winning the match 2–0, thanks to a goal from Liberian Anthony Laffor in the 5th minute and the young Percy Tau in the 64th minute. Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. reached the final of the competition for the first time since the 2001 CAF Champions League final (where they lost to Al Ahly SC). They also reached the 4th final for South African clubs (1 win and 2 losses).

In the final, 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. [4]

Honours

TypeCompetitionTitlesSeasons
Domestic Premier Soccer League 12Winners (12): 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
Runners-up (3): 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
National Soccer League 3SWinners (3): 1988, 1989–90, 1992–93
Runners-up (2): 1990–91, 1994–95
Nedbank Cup 6Winners (6): 1986, 1998, 2008, 2014–15, 2019–20, 2021–22
Runners-up (5): 1989, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2011–12
Telkom Knockout 4Winners (4): 1990, 1999, 2015, 2019
Runners-up (4): 1997, 1998, 2007, 2012
MTN 8 4Winners (4): 1988, 1990, 2007, 2021
Runners-up (6): 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2016
African CAF Champions League 1Winners (1): 2016 Star full.svg
Runners-up (1): 2001
CAF Super Cup 1Winners (1): 2017

Individual Awards

Friendly cup competitions

Shell Helix Cup

Winners : 2018

Telkom Charity Cup

Winners : 1991, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006

Ohlsson's Challenge Cup

Winners : 1988

Performance in CAF Competitions

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

The club has 1 appearance in African Cup of Champions Clubs 1994 and 14 appearances in CAF Champions League from 1999 until now. It has also recorded the biggest victory in the CAF Champions League by defeating Seychelles side Côte d’Or, 11–1 at home and 16–1 on aggregate in the first round of the 2019–2020 season. [5]

YearBest finish
1994 Second Round
1999 Play-offs
2000 Group Stage (Top 4)
2001 Finalist
2006 First Round
2007 Play-offs
2008 Play-offs
2015 First Round
2016 Champion
2017 Quarterfinals
2018 Group Stage
2018–19 Semi final
2019–20 Quarterfinals
2020–21 Quarterfinals
2021–22 Quarterfinals
YearBest finish
CAF Confederation CupCAF Super Cup
2007 Group Stage DNQ
2008 Play-offs DNQ
2009 Second Round DNQ
2016 Play-offs DNQ
2017 DNQ Champion
YearBest finish
CAF CupAfrican Cup winners' Cup
1996 Second Round DNQ
1998 DNQ Second Round
2003 Second Round DNQ
Note

Overall matches

CompetitionPWDLGFGA
CAF Cup 8413117
African Cup Winners' Cup 421173
CAF Champions League 11157282617596
CAF Confederation Cup 167272524
CAF Super Cup 110010
Total140713237220130
As of 9 March 2020

CAF Association ranking for 2019/20

Legend
RankAssociation2015
(× 1)
2016
(× 2)
2017
(× 3)
2018
(× 4)
2018–19
(× 5)
Total
CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
1Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 0603759086154
2Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 2044635757153
3Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 167070.55345120.5
4Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 800442525192
5Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo 600515345087
6Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 046034.5206076.5
As of 13 January 2020

Club ranking

Club ranking is used for seeding in the CAF competitions.

Legend
RankClub2015
(× 1)
2016
(× 2)
2017
(× 3)
2018
(× 4)
2018–19
(× 5)
Total
1 Flag of Tunisia.svg Espérance de Tunis 0.5036663.5
2 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg TP Mazembe 6553463
2 Flag of Morocco.svg Wydad Casablanca 0463563
4 Flag of Egypt.svg Al-Ahly 3255357
5 Flag of Tunisia.svg Étoile du Sahel 5343350
6 Flag of South Africa.svg Mamelodi Sundowns0632449
As of 13 January 2020

Performance in FIFA Club World Cup

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

YearBest finishPWDLGFGAGDPst
2016 6th Places 200216-50
Total200216-50
As of 18 December 2016

Club records

Records

TypeNatNameRecords
Most starts Flag of South Africa.svg Daniel Mudau 390
Most goals Flag of South Africa.svg Daniel Mudau 172
Most capped player Flag of South Africa.svg Katlego Mphela 32
Most starts in a season Flag of South Africa.svg Themba Mnguni 48 (1997–98)
Most goals in a season Flag of South Africa.svg Bennett Masinga 33 (1990)
Record victory Flag of South Africa.svg vs Powerlines 24–0 (4 March 2012, Nedbank Cup)
Inter-record victory Flag of Egypt.svg vs Al Ahly 5–0 (6 April 2019, CAF Champions League)
Record defeat Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg vs Africa Sports 1–6 (4 November 2000, CAF Champions League)

Source: [7]

Premier Soccer League record

SeasonPosRecord
PWDLFAGDPstNedbank Cup
1996–97 6th 341311103530550
1997–98 CHAMPIONS 341911448252368
1998–99 CHAMPIONS 34236570264475
1999–00 CHAMPIONS 34236568343475
2000–01 3rd 34178958322659
2001–02 5th 341511847321556
2002–03 10th 30116133030039
2003–04 10th 30812103232036
2004–05 3rd 30168654282656
2005–06 CHAMPIONS 30169545192657
2006–07 CHAMPIONS 30187545172861
2007–08 4th 3013894035547
2008–09 9th 30117122828040
2009–10 2nd 30168643232056
2010–11 4th 30184852282458
2011–12 4th 301410644232152
2012–13 9th 3091293127439
2013–14 CHAMPIONS 30205551252665
2014–15 2nd 30169544242057
2015–16 CHAMPIONS 30225355203571
2016–17 2nd 30169552203257
2017–18 CHAMPIONS 30186649242560
2018–19 CHAMPIONS 301611340241659
2019–20 CHAMPIONS 30178543222159
2020-21 CHAMPIONS 301910149143567
2021-22 CHAMPIONS 30198356203665
Total12 Titles7814102081631162644518
As of 6 June 2021

Management and staff

PositionNat.Name
Owner/President Flag of South Africa.svg Tlhopane Motsepe
General Manager Flag of South Africa.svg
Directors Flag of South Africa.svg Rejoice Simelane, Andrew Matube, Andre Wilkens, Sandile Langa
Executive: Legal & Commercial Flag of South Africa.svg Yogesh Singh
Supporter Mobilisation Manager Flag of South Africa.svg Alex Shakoane
Supporter Co-ordination Manager Flag of South Africa.svg Daniel Mudau
Finance Manager Flag of South Africa.svg
Administration Manager Flag of South Africa.svg Belinda Ndlovu
Facilities & Projects Manager
Marketing & Special Projects Manager Flag of South Africa.svg
Communications Co-ordinator Flag of South Africa.svg Mashupie Nkgadima
Supporters Assistant Flag of South Africa.svg Daisy Kgopa
Accountant Flag of South Africa.svg Jacob Molusi
HR and Administration Flag of South Africa.svg Boniface Motsepe
Receptionist Flag of South Africa.svg Tina Lesita

Technical team

PositionNatName
Head of Technical Department Flag of Spain.svg José Ramón Alexanko [8]
Head Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Manqoba Mngqithi
Assistant Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Rulani Mokwena
Senior Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Steve Komphela
Team Manager Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Peter Ndlovu
Sport Scientist Flag of South Africa.svg Vacant
Goalkeeper Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Wendell Robinson
Head of Youth Development Flag of South Africa.svg Sam Mbatha

Source: [9]

Players

As of 16 August 2022

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Zambia.svg  ZAM Kennedy Mweene
3 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Rushine De Reuck
4 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Teboho Mokoena
5 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Mosa Lebusa
6 DF Flag of Kenya.svg  KEN Brian Onyango
7 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Lyle Lakay
8 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Bongani Zungu
10 FW Flag of Uruguay.svg  URU Gastón Sirino
11 FW Flag of Chile.svg  CHI Marcelo Allende
12 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Thabiso Kutumela
14 GK Flag of Uganda.svg  UGA Denis Onyango
15 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Andile Jali
17 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Aubrey Modiba
18 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Themba Zwane
19 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Gift Motupa
21 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Sphelele Mkhulise
22 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Lesedi Kapinga
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Haashim Domingo
24 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Sipho Mbule
25 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Khuliso Mudau
27 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Thapelo Morena
28 FW Flag of Ethiopia.svg  ETH Abubeker Nassir
29 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Bradley Ralani
31 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Pule Maraisane
32 GK Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Ronwen Williams
33 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Lebohang Maboe
35 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Neo Maema
36 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Promise Mkhuma
38 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Peter Shalulile
39 MF Bandera de Bolivia (Estado).svg  BOL Erwin Saavedra
40 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Rivaldo Coetzee
41 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Mothobi Mvala

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