George Lebese says its not personal ahead of Kaizer Chiefs clash – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


George Lebese says its not personal ahead of Kaizer Chiefs clash

George Lebese of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Edgar Manaka of Polokwane City during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City at Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 14:00

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese has said he is ready to face his former team Kaizer Chiefs in tonight’s big Absa Premiership clash.

The Brazilians will host the Soweto giants in a heavyweight clash at the Loftus Stadium, with both teams determined to lay down a marker for the rest of the season.

Lebese has strong links at Kaizer Chiefs, having spent nine years with the Amakhosi before moving to Sundowns ahead of the 2017/18 season, but he insists emotion will not affect his performance.

“Personally, for me, it’s just three points for us as a team, and it will take us where we want to be,” said Lebese, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“I’m not looking to take the game personally. It’s not for me but for the club, the players and the technical team.”

The 28-year-old also revealed that he has avoided contacting his friends at Chiefs for the past fortnight.

“It is possible for me to put everything aside, and then I’ll catch up with everything after the 90 minutes,” he explained.

“I’ve been avoiding talking to them [former Chiefs teammates] for the past two weeks, that’s how crucial this game is. So I’ll definitely speak to them after the match.”

Lebese also said he will not hold back in celebrating if he scores a goal: “I respect Kaizer Chiefs, they’re a big brand, they’ve taught me everything.

“But at the end of the day it’s entertainment. It’s about me and where I am right now, I’m in a happy place. So if I score, why not [celebrate]?”


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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – AS IT HAPPENED


2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca - AS IT HAPPENED

Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating his goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 11 September 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 16:56

Good afternoon and welcome to our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League first-leg quarterfinal clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca, from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Morena, Arendse, Madisha (Soumahoro 82′), Langerman – Kekana, Manyisa, Vilakazi (Zakri 46′) – Zwane, Tau, Castro (Nthethe 87′)

Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi; Noussir, Rabeh, Atouchi, Gaddarine, El Haddad (Khadrouf 78′), Nekach, Saidi, Ait Ben Idir (El Kaeti 67′), Nicaise Daho, Ounnajem


Advantage Sundowns, the second-leg will take place at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next Saturday, 23 September.

90+5′ Full-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – (Zakri 71′) 

90+2′ Heated end to the half with Ounnajem and Mosimane almost coming to blows! Wydad technical team  quick to rush over to the scene, but the referee is quick to calm things down.

90′ Three minutes added.

87′ Mosimane shutting up shop as he pulls Castro off for Nthethe. Sundowns starting to slow things down as they aim to see out the rest of the game without conceding.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Atteridgeville – Sundowns will be more than happy with the scoreline.

76′ Kekana has another pop from range, but his attempt flies wide of goal. A second would really put the Brazilians in the driving seat heading to Casablanca.

71′ GOAL! Zakri guides home from close range following a well worked corner-kick routine – great touch by Themba Zwane on the byline to set up the Ivorian who makes no mistake.

67′ CHANCE! Golden opportunity for Wayne Arendse to open the scoring as the ball finds him from a free-kick, but he centre back is static with the ball hitting him more than anything – easy for Laaroubi in the end.

65′ Kekana starting to find a lot of space in the middle of the park – up to the midfielder now to capitalize, but in all fairness to the Sundowns captain he has not been at his best this afternoon.

60′ Sundowns ramping up the pressure in Atteridgeville, but the Moroccans are holding on for the time being.

55′ CHANCE! Thapelo Morena ghosts into the area, but is blocked by the Wydad defence. The hosts starting to find their rhythm.

51′ Positive start to the half by the Brazilians as Percy Tau tries his luck from range – ball flies wide, but Mosimane will be happy with the intent.

46′ Attacking intent by Pitso Mosiamane who swaps Themba Zwane with Yannick Zakri at the start of the second stanza.

45+2′ Half-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Wydad Casablanca 

45′ Two minutes added to the half.

43′ Four successive corner-kick‘s here for Wydad who are ending the half on the front foot. Good defending, though, by the Brazilians who clear their lines – finally!

39′ Sundowns starting to find gaps in the Wydad defence – the hosts will need be patient here.

33′ Nervy moment at the back for Sundowns as Mohamed Ounnajem takes a tumble in the box – lucky for the Brazilians who look vulnerable whenever Wydad win possession.

30′ Half-Hour played in Atteridgeville and still little to right home about with Wydad keeping Sundowns at arms length thus far. 11 red shirts in their own half, frustrating the Brazilians.

25′ Wydad happy to sit back and welcome pressure from their hosts. The Moroccans hoping to capitalize on counter-attacks and set-piece opportunists.

20′ Nothing between the two side’s thus far. Sundowns fans starting to find their voice in the stands. Pitso Mosimane, though, will take this scoreline to Casablanca!

13′ Kekana’s shot remains the only notable attempt at goal thus far. Wydad, though, are growing into the game and Onyango is called into action to tip Saidi’s cross-come-shot over the crossbar.

8′ GOAL! No… That looked to have rattled the back of the net – Hlompho Kekana’s rocket fools everyone in the stadium – including the journalists, but his attempt is just wide. CLOSE!

4′ Conservative start to the game by the visitors in what is the first meeting between the two side’s. Early chants of ‘Accccceee’ every time Oupa Manyisa is on the ball.

1′ Kick-off!

– A lot of yellow out in the stands this afternoon, as the defending champions host the Moroccan league holders.


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Mosimane happy to see Percy Tau shooting on sight – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


Mosimane happy to see Percy Tau shooting on sight

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane with Percy Tau

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 19:00

Pitso Mosimane says he is happy to see Percy Tau opting to shoot rather than dribble, having returned to scoring form for Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 23-year-old scored both of Sundowns’ goals as they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership clash on Monday night.

With the Brazilians gearing up for a CAF Champions League quarterfinal, first leg clash with Wydad Casablanca this coming weekend, Tau’s form has put a smile on Mosimane’s face.

“I thought the game was long finished but it’s okay. I’m disappointed with the late goal because it’s the last five seconds of the game and we’re not picking the player up. He was free. It spoils the whole thing. We wanted to keep the clean sheet but I’m happy for Percy Tau, once he shoots he scores,” Mosimane told SuperSport cameras after the match.

“I told him, ‘stop dribbling, how many dribblings do you want? You’ve got to shoot’, and he shot. And the free-kick, he’s practicing it, hey. I’m so happy he’s practicing them all the time. Practice makes perfect. We were stable, we controlled the game. We’re happy, three points, it’s important.”

However, Sundowns have a lengthy list of injuries ahead of the first leg against Wydad.

“Anthony [Laffor] is on crutches, Khama [Billiat] is injured, Leo [Castro] made it through a late fitness test, [Tiyani] Mabunda is injured,” added ‘Jingles’.

“We need to make sure that we look after the team. A team that played tonight is a team I trusted. If you’re in the team of Mamelodi Sundowns, you have to play, there’s no first team and second team.”


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Pitso Mosimane: It is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


Pitso Mosimane: It is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns and Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 11:30

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes it is the right time for Khama Billiat to move abroad because he has the quality to succeed.

Despite reports that Billiat was set to leave the African champions, the Zimbabwean forward has failed to force a move in the recent transfer window which closed on Thursday last week.

However, Mosimane says the club must let the business happen and allow one of his top performers a chance to prove himself on a bigger stage.

Billiat has recently been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

“I think it is the right time now for Khama to move abroad. It is the right time! How did Keagan (Dolly) go? When he is contracted, what needs to happen? Terminate the contract?,” Mosimane told the IOL website.

“An important player that you bought? Do you do that? Because it is about time. You’ve got to do the business. So let the business happen.

“I spoke to Khama and said to him if you could bring the performances that saw him winning so many PSL awards, his release clause they will trigger it.

“If you want to sign Khama and you are a team from outside, this guy has got six months on his contract. You can pick him up for free after six months. He is hot player.

“Do you want to wait for six months? Somebody is going to buy him within the six months. I’ve been there, I know these things.

“You will be left waiting, thinking you are going to get him for free. It has happened in football. Did you see what happen to Rivaldo Coetzee?.”

The Brazilians have bolstered their squad after signing George Lebese, Oupa Manyisa, Thokozani Sekotlong and defender Rivaldo Coetzee.


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Botswana star Ngele awaits documents from SA Home Affairs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns


Botswana star Ngele awaits documents from SA Home Affairs

Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 14:00

Mamelodi Sundowns have released a statement concerning some of their foreign players including Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward has returned to the South African Premier Soccer League (EPL) giants following a successful loan spell with Bidvest Wits.

The midfielder-cum-striker helped Wits clinch the 2016 MTN8 Cup and 2016/17 ABSA Premiership last season during his stint with the South African club.

Ngele and Zimbabwean international Cuthbert Malajila, who also spent last season on loan at Wits, are still waiting for their South African permanent residency papers.

Sundowns, who lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match in Pretoria, released a statement on their official website.

A club statement read: “Dennis Onyango is out sick, while Ricardo Nascimento is still recovering from a groin operation.

“Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila are still waiting for their permanent residency papers.

“Ghanaian goalkeeper Razak Brimah is awaiting his ITC papers from Spain.”

Ngele has spent five years in South Africa plying his trade in the PSL. He joined Platinum Stars from Botswana giants Township Rollers in 2012.

He signed for Sundowns in 2014 after playing an important role as Stars won the 2013 MTN8 Cup and 2013 Telkom KnockOut Cup.


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Oupa Manyisa dumps Orlando Pirates for Mamelodi Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Bertin Basson

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 16:00

Orlando Pirates chairman ,Irvin Khoza, has announced that midfielder Oupa Manyisa will be joining Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 29-year-old, who made his debut for the club nine years ago, will leave the Buccaneers in favour of the CAF Champions League holders – following a successful spell with the Soweto giants that conjured seven trophies.

The Bafana Bafana international will become the Brazilians second signing of the current transfer, following the arrival of goalkeeper Razak Brimah .


Sundowns have yet to announce the singing, but are expected to do so later today with Khoza having jumped the gun on the Brazilians, in typical ‘Iron Duke’ fashion.

Khoza has also confirmed former Uganda boss Milutin Sredojević as the new head coach of the Sea Robbers. ‘Micho ‘returns for a second spell at the club.


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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 AS Vita – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League


Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 20:44

Good evening and welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Vita from the Lucas Moripe Stadium, on Sunday 9 July.

Match Commentary

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 1-1, a disappointing result for Sundowns, but they advance into the quarterfinals alongside Group C winners Esperance de Tunis.

90+2′ – Basisila sent on  by AS Vita as they make another substitution.

90+1′ – Soumahoro with a long-range volley, but Bongaman is there once again to make the save.

88′ – Closing in on the end of regulation time, this one looks like ending in a draw.

84′ – Castro comes off the bench to boost Sundowns’ attack.

83′ – Half a chance for Vita, but Madisha and Mweene get the ball clear, before Nthethe is almost caught out by a low cross from the right.

82′ – Mohomi replaces Mbekile in midfield for ‘Downs, as they look to reassert themselves.

79′ – That’s because Esperance remain 2-0 up against Saint George and will top the group with 12 points.

78′ – The Brazilians will be disappointed to draw this game (if it does indeed end in a draw), but it will make no real difference to their quarterfinal advancement.

73′ – Sundowns fail to clear from a long throw-in and Atouba cracks home a volley to make it 1-1! Superb finish!

69′ – AS Vita almost level through Atouba, whose left-footed effort bounces off the top of the angle between post and crossbar.

65′ – Laffor and Zakri with efforts on goal, before Vilakazi is brought down in the box, only for the referee to wave away appeals for a penalty.

62′ – Vilakazi powers into the box down the left side, but his cross-shot is deflected and cleared to safety.

60′ – Up to the hour mark in Tshwane, Nthethe’s first-half goal remains the difference between the teams.

56′ – Esperance remain 2-0 up at home to Saint George in the other Group C match. A things stand they’ll top the pool ahead of ‘Downs.

53′ – Hachi tees up Tau, who fires on goal with the left foot and Bongaman makes another fine save to keep it at 1-0!

48′ – Zakri almost with a scoring chance in the middle of the box, but a Vita defender does just enough to touch the ball away him.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, ASV has made a change by replacing Sidibde with Batezadio.

45′ – Half time – The Brazilians lead 1-0 at the break, probably a fair reflection of the game thus far.

43′ – Closing in on half time, Sundowns lead 1-0. But they’re unlikely to top the group, as Esperance lead 2-0 in he concurrent game in Tunisia.

38′ – Zakri looks to make it 2-0 but slices his shot wide of the mark. All Sundowns at the moment…

35′ – GOAL! Sundowns 1-0 ASV – Morena with a superb pass to pick out Nthethe, who coolly slips a shot past Bongaman to make it 1-0 to the Brazilians!

31′ – Hachi whips in a cross after a corner is worked short, Nthethe gets a head to the ball but can’t direct it on target.

27′ – Hachi with some solid defending as ASV look to break down the right flank. Zakri then excites the crowd with a beautiful piece of skill.

23′ – Midway through the first half, neither side has really established a clear dominance.

18′ – Bongaman with a fine punch away as Sundowns fire a free kick into the ASV penalty area.

16′ – Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless here in Tshwane, while the other Group C match between Esperance and Saint George is also locked at 0-0.

12′ – A corner for ASV ends with Agiti getting a head on target, but Mweene makes a solid save.

7′ – AS Vita with a solid spell of possession, getting a foothold in the game.

4′ – Early chance for Tau, who is denied from close range by ASV goalkeeper Bongaman!

3′ – Early possession for ‘Downs, who are hoping to claim a win and climb to the top of the log.

1′ – We are underway in Tshwane, Sundowns wear their traditional yellow, blue and white, AS Vita are in bright green and black.

18h50 – AS Vita’s line-up: Bongaman, Bangala, Omba, Traore, Muzinga, Botuli, Sidibe, Atouba, Dido, Muzungu, Agiti

18h40 – Twenty minutes to kick-off, here’s the Sundowns line-up: Mweene, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Hachi, Soumahoro, Mbekile, Vilakazi, Laffor, Zakri, Tau.

18h30 – There’s not much at stake in this game, as Sundowns and group leaders Esperance de Tunis have already advanced. It’s only a case of seeing who finishes top and therefore has the more favourable quarterfinal position.


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