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Chipezeze shuts out Sundowns – ABSA Premiership

Elvis Chipezeze continued his encouraged form in goal for Baroka FC as they held defending Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Tuesday night.

The point moves Bakgaga up to twelfth place on the log standings although Sundowns continue being in third location, 5 points behind Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns threatened early on by Hlompho Kekana in the third minute, but the Brazilians skipper was denied by Chipezeze, who carried on from in which he remaining off on the weekend.

The hosts continued to probe, but found it ever more complicated to defeat Chipezeze, who made a further superior save in the thirty fifth minute to deny Jeremy Brockie, whose rasping effort looked destined for the back again of the net.

Baroka almost hit the front against the run of play on the cusp of half-time. Jemondre Dickens carved by the Sundowns defence just before attempting a square ball to an unmarked Tebogo Sodi, but Maboe presented a well timed interception to deny the people the direct at the crack.

Chipezeze was proving a complicated to defeat once more and pulled off a further fantastic save 5 minutes into the second-50 percent to preserve out Brockie’s arrowing header.

Baroka experienced a late chance to steal all a few points in included time, but Mduduzi Mdantsane was desperately unfortunate to see his glancing header fly inches wide of goal, as both of those sides sooner or later settled for a point apiece.

Mamelodi Sundowns
Baroka FC

Mamelodi Sundowns: Mweene Morena, Arendse, Madisha, Lakay, Kekana, Jali (90+2′), Maboe, Ngoma (Mahlambi 55′), Sirino (Silva 80′), Brockie.
Baroka FC: Chipezeze Semenya, Sibiya, Banda, Gebhardt, Makgaka (Kgaswane 89′), Mdantsane, Mosele, Chawaphiwa (Kgoetyane 66′), Sodi, Dickens (Makgantai 79′).

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Sundowns stutter in front of goal in goalless stalemate – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns and James Okwousa of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 25 November 2017 © Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 17:55


Mamelodi Sundowns stuttered in front of goal as they played to a 0-0 draw against Chippa United in their Absa Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Brazilians had the lion’s share of possession throughout the match, but they could not convert their dominance into goals and had to settle for the point.

However, despite the draw Sundowns have temporarily moved up to second on the league table with 16 points from nine games, two points behind leaders Baroka who have played 11 games.

The home side started the better of the two teams and had the first shot on goal in the 11th minute when Abel Mabaso’s shot from the edge of the box strike the post before bouncing away from danger.

Sundowns’ first reals scoring chance came ten minutes later when Percy Tau curled a 24-yard free-kick inches over the target.

The next decent scoring opportunity only came in the 29th minute when Tiyani Mabunda drove forward from the midfield before unleashing a 30-yard thunderbolt which deflected just wide of the Maritzburg goal.

The half ended all-square.

The Brazilians continued to dictate matters at the start of the second half with Mabunda shooting narrowly wide of the target five minutes into the stanza.

Chippa, though, were not to be outdone and came close to scoring in the 54th minute when Paseka Mako broke through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Denis Onyango.

In the 68th minute Chippa suffered a bit of a set-back when goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi had to leave the field injured and was replace by Brighton Mhlongo.

There was a large delay to the match as Akpeyi was stretchered off and that seemed to kill the mood of the game.

Both teams struggled to create any significant chances on goal after that and the match ended all-square as a result.

The draw for Chippa also moves them up the table temporarily as they occupy fifth spot after 12 games played on 16 points as well, but an inferior goal difference to Sundowns.

Chippa United (0) 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

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Chippa: Akpeyi (Mhlongo 68’), Macheke, Okwuosa, Konqobe, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso, Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Julies 61’), Sekola (Mashego 55’).

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Madisha, Billiat (Zakri 85’), Kekana (Zwane 74’), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 74’), Manyisa, Tau.



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Billiat, Castro to leave Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Leonardo Castro of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 18:30


Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro will both leave Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of the 2017-18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, head coach Pitso Mosimane has confirmed.

Once an integral part of the Brazilians unit, Castro has only started seven games in the last 12 months with the once famous ‘CBD’ trio set to all ply their trade elsewhere come the start of next season.

Keagan Dolly is currently at Montpellier in France, and Billiat could well join the Bafana Bafana attacker in Europe in the near future.

The Zimbabwe international proved his worth off the bench as Sundowns beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 in an Absa Premiership clash on Tuesday evening. The former Ajax Cape Town man with both goals.

“Khama is leaving, Leo is leaving,” Mosimane told KickOff.com. “The CBD is gone hey, so we have to start something [new]. CBD is gone – Keagan is gone, Leo is going, Khama is going, so we need to change the team.”

Tiyani Mabunda is also yet to pen a new deal with the club, but Mosimane is confident the midfielder will remain at Chloorkop.



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Sundowns brush aside Bidvest Wits


Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg on 21 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 21:38


Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday night.

As a result, Sundowns move to fourth spot on the league table, while Wits remain 15th on the standings.

The Brazilians threatened first through Tebogo Langerman, who forced Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet into a decent save a few minutes into game.

The Clever Boys were struggling to penetrate the Sundowns defence and test keeper Denis Onyango, who had a relatively quiet first-half.

Keet had to be alert in the 17th minute and he produced a wonderful save to deny Thapelo Morena as the visitors searched for the opening goal.

Wits wing-back Thato Tlhone tried his luck from range in the 26th minute and his effort missed the target without troubling Onyango.

Pressure mounted on the Clever Boys defence and Sibusiso Vilakazi hit the woodwork with the half-time break fast approaching.

The score was 0-0 at interval between Wits and Sundowns after Keet denied Vilakazi on the stroke of half-time.

Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane made the first change of the game 11 minutes into the second-half.

Khama Billiat, who replaced Morena, proved to be a super-sub as fired past Keet to make it 1-0 to Sundowns in the 62nd minute.

Gavin Hunt, the Wits head coach, responded by introducing James Keene three minutes later.

The English striker had scored the only goal of the match as Wits beat Chiefs 1-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash on Saturday.

But Billiat sealed Sundowns’ 2-0 victory with a clinical finish in the closing stages of the game with the Wits defence exposed.

Wits (0)

Sundowns (0) 2 (Billiat 62′, 81′)

Wits: Keet, Ntshangase, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Frosler, Tlhone (Keene 65′), Mlambo, Monare, Pelembe (Pule 69′), Klate, Gamal.

Sundowns: Onyango, Morena (Billiat 56′), Langerman, Soumahoro, Ngcongca (Laffor 85′), Madisha, Kekana, Mabunda, Manyisa, Tau, Vilakazi (Zwane 81′).



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Wits, Sundowns renew their rivalry – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Granwald Scott of Bidvest Wits challenges Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Bidbest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns on 01 May 2017 at Bidvest Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 09:30


Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns will renew their rivalry in the Absa Premiership when they meet at the Bidvest Stadium on 21 November 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Wits hit a new low in the defence of their title as they slumped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Chippa United on November 1. It was the Johannesburg side’s fifth loss in just nine league matches this season.

Three of those defeats have come at home, with the Clever Boys unable to turn Bidvest Stadium into a fortress like they did last season. However, Wits did manage a home win against Orlando Pirates in September and the visit of another league heavyweight may inspire them to up their game.

Sundowns bounced back from two straight defeats by handing Orlando Pirates a 3-1 beating in Soweto on November 1, with Hlompho Kekana scoring a brace of goals – one of which was a ‘goal of the season’ contender.

The Brazilians have had a similar problem to Wits in terms of home form (they have lost all three matches as hosts this season), but when it comes to their travels, Pitso Mosimane’s side have been peerless, claiming four wins from as many games on the road.

In head-to-head stats, Wits and Sundowns have met in 63 league matches since 1985. The Brazilians have claimed 34 wins compared to 17 for the Clever Boys, while 12 matches have been drawn. The Johannesburg side has won 13 of their 32 home league matches against their Tshwane counterparts, suffering 15 defeats in the process.

Last season ‘Downs claimed a 2-0 home win in the first half of the campaign, but Wits replied with a 1-0 triumph in Johannesburg in the return game – the result sealed their first Absa Premiership title. The Clever Boys’ last three home league matches against the Brazilians have produced just three goals.

Wits’ line-up from their 2-0 loss to Chippa on November 1: Keet, Allie, Khumalo, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Pelembe (Keene 82’), Scott, Mlambo (Pienaar 63’), Klate, Pule (Phiri 75’), Gamal.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 3-1 win over Pirates on November 1: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Morena, Madisha, Ngcongca, Kekana (T. Zwane 75′), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 79′), Manyisa, Tau (Billiat 69′).



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Fiston Abdul Razak leaves Sundowns – reports – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Fiston Abdoul of Bloemfontein Celtic and Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates on 10 May 2017 at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein ©Frikkie Kapp /BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 18:00


Fiston Abdul Razak has reportedly parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns, according to KickOff.com.

Razak, 24, spent last season on-loan at Absa Premiership rivals Bloemfontein Celtic, but has since returned to Chloorkop and duly left the Brazilians after receiving his clearance from the former CAF Champions League holders.

The Burundi international scored three goals in 18 appearances across all competitions last season for Siwelele and returned to Sundowns hoping for game time.

But, despite the club having exercised a one-year option on the forward, he was not registered due to Sundowns having exhausted their foreign quote subsequently leaving Razak in limbo.

He is now set to return to Burundi before starting his search for a new club with Razak re[reportedly open to the idea of returning to South Africa.

He has scored nine goals in nine games for the Burundi national team.



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Ngele eager to contribute to Sundowns’ success


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Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 14:00


Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele says he is looking forward to contributing to the success of his South African club Mamelodi Sundowns.

The forward returned to Sundowns following a successful season-long loan stint at Bidvest Wits where he won the Absa Premiership title and MTN8 Cup with the Johannesburg side.

“The most important thing is to win as a team, especially when you contribute, not watching from the stand. You must also contribute in the success of the team. There’s always competition everywhere. All I need to do is work hard,” Ngele told The Star.

The 27-year-old, who has been linked with South African clubs SuperSport United, Platinum Stars as well as Orlando Pirates, is not thinking about leaving Sundowns.

“No comment. I am still left with one year plus an option to extend with Sundowns. For me what is more important is to play. If I’m not playing there’s no use for me to stay. I have to find a place somewhere I can play. Let us wait and see. My focus is still here at Sundowns,” he added.

Ngele, who played for Uniao Flamengo Santos and Township Rollers in the Botswana Premier League (BPL), is pleased to have sorted his work permit issues in South Africa.

”I have been waiting for my work permit, now it is sorted and I have to find a way in to the team. It has been difficult because I have been out of action for four months,” Ngele explained.

The former Botswana youth international captained Sundowns’ reserve team against SuperSport United in a Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) encounter on Saturday.

“It was the coach’s (Pitso Mosimane) instruction for me to play 60 minutes (at the MDC Festival). I’m tired now. I was also cramping but I will get there as time goes on,” Ngele concluded.



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Botswana coach concerned by Ngele’s situation at Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 11:30


Botswana head coach Major David Bright says he is concerned by Mogakolodi Ngele’s situation at South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Botswana international returned to the reigning African champions following a successful loan spell at Bidvest Wits where he scored six goals in 22 competitive games.

However, Ngele has since been demoted to play in the South African reserve league, Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) at Sundowns.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) approached Sundowns about the player’s situation at the club, but Bright has revealed that the consultation has not yielded the expected results.

“Yes, we did engage them especially reserve coach Notoane (David) but in conclusion it was clear that he will stay with the reserve team until maybe next year,” Bright told

Weekendsport.

The Chloorkop-based giants are busy processing the former Township Rollers and Platinum Stars attacker’s South African citizenship.

“Yeah, they are working on localizing him and it’s not an overnight thing it will take time hence Tsotso will be stuck in that league,” he added.

“What is important nonetheless is the fact that he is keeping fit and we will continue to call him to the national team camps.”

Ngele has been linked with South African sides Stars, Orlando Pirates as well as SuperSport United ahead of the January, 2018 Transfer Window.



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Pirates suffer defeat against Sundowns in Orlando – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on 01 November 2017 at Orlando Stadium @Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:48


A goal by Marc Van Heerden was not enough for Orlando Pirates as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

The defeat leaves the Soweto giants placed at number seven on the log standings with 14 points after 10 league games.

For the visitors, two first half goals through Hlompho Kekana and one goal from Anthony Laffor ensured they ended their three-match losing streak.

As early as the second minute, the Brazilians grabbed the lead as skipper Kekana intercepted a back pass by Abbubaker Mobara to goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands and his block went into the goal, handing the visitors an early lead.

Despite Sundowns’ early goal, the Buccaneers dominated the first 10 minutes as they pushed to get an equaliser.

However against the run of play, Kekana completed his brace in the 13th minute as he caught Sandilands off his line to hand the visitors their 2-0 lead after a spectacular long range effort from his own half.

After the first quarter, coach Pitso Mosimane’s men won all the second balls in the heart of the park and kept Pirates in their own half, but there were no clear cut chances.

Yet right in the 20th minute, Pirates skipper Thabo Matlaba tried a long range effort to test keeper Denis Onyango, but could not hit the target.

The 30th minute allowed the visitors to push forward and Kekana nearly bagged his hat-trick after dispossessing Issa Sarr, only to see his shot going wide of the right post.

With seven minutes to the interval, Bangaly Soumahoro fouled Thabo Qalinge on the edge of the box and a fine left-footed set piece through Van Heerden brought the hosts back into the game as he beat Onyango hands down.

It was 2-1 at the end of the opening stanza.

The end-to-end stuff continued in the second half as both sides kept on attacking, but it was coach Milutin Sredojevic’s side that threatened the most with their good passing display.

In the the 60th minute, Kekana tried a beautiful set piece on the d-line and managed to produce a fine save from Sandilands, who punched the ball away.

Pirates moved forward with purpose and Sundowns failed to clear the ball in the box which fell for Qalinge, but his shot was cleared off the line by Soumahoro in the 68th minute.

Qalinge showed his class but rushed his decision in the box in the final nine minutes after a clever turn to beat Sundowns’ defence, as he failed to put the ball into the net with Onyango out of his line.

The last three minutes saw the hosts dominating the proceedings as they constantly knocked at Sundowns door, but substitute Laffor grabbed the lead after a great pass from Themba Zwane to unleash a rocket on the roof of the net, 3-1.

Meanwhile, Sundowns now sit at number eight on the log table with 12 points after seven games so far.

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Van Heerden 38′)

Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 3 (Kekana 2′, 13′, Laffor 90′)

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Mobara, Chabalala, Maela (Nyatama 34′), Van Heerden, Matlaba, Sarr, Qalinge, Lorch (Morrison 73′), Makola, Kutumela (Gabuza 23′)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Morena, Madisha, Ngcongca, Kekana (T. Zwane 75′), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 79′), Manyisa, Tau (Billiat 69′)



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Pirates coach admits respect for Sundowns ahead of heavyweight bout – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:30


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has admitted that he has a huge amount of respect for Mamelodi Sundowns and their coach Pitso Mosimane.

The two teams will meet for a high-profile Absa Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium tomorrow night.

The Buccaneers have not enjoyed their recent meetings with ‘Downs, notably suffering a club-record 6-0 defeat against Mosimane’s side back in February.

However, this will be the first time Pirates face up to the Brazilians since ‘Micho’ returned for his second spell at the club.

In addition, ‘Downs come into the game on the back of three successive defeats, including a shock 1-0 loss at Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout this past weekend.

Pirates, for their part, beat Golden Arrows in Durban to advance into the quarterfinals of the competition.

“We are having in front of us match number 10 in the league and we are playing a team that have proven themselves still as reigning African champions,” said Sredojevic, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“They are a very good group of individuals that are playing top class football as a team. They have my very good friend of the last 15 years since I came to South Africa Pitso Mosimane, who for me is the Alex Ferguson of South African football as a coach.

“It might look like an extraordinary league match both for us and them, but we are totally concentrated on the game.

“It is one team that has reached the best of their abilities in the last two years against another team that is on the rise – ourselves. We are in the process of rebuilding and the process of proving ourselves.

“We are extremely motivated, respecting our opponents while also having respect for ourselves, our club of 80 years, our supporters and most importantly the funny and unpredictable nature of football.

“We are entering Wednesday’s game with intention to measure ourselves, to see how far we have come, to give our best in 90 minutes and look forward to getting the best we can from the match.”



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Sundowns sent packing from Telkom Knockout – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 17:34


Mamelodi Sundowns have been sent packing from the Telkom Knockout after they were beaten 1-0 by hosts Chippa United at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Sunday.

A second-half goal from Samuel Julies saw the Chilli Boys claim both their first win in the TKO and a first victory in any competition against the Brazilians, who have now suffered three successive defeats across league and cup.

Sundowns created the first clear chance of the game 10 minutes in, with a fine long ball from Hlompho Kekana giving Thokozani Sekotlong a one-one-one chance with Daniel Akpeyi, but it was the Chippa goalkeeper who came out on top.

In fact, Sekotlong appeared to pick up a knee injury in that incident and, after trying to run off the knock, he was replaced by George Lebese just before the midway point of the first half.

In between the Chilli Boys had a great opportunity of their own, as a Kurt Lentjies effort was blocked by a defender but rolled into the path of Lerato Manzini, who was quickly closed down and denied by a brave save from Denis Onyango.

Those two one-on-one chances with the goalkeepers proved to be the only attacking highlights of the first half, but the second produced a great chance just three minutes after the restart, as Sundowns’ Motjeka Madisha put a free header just wide of the mark.

On 53 minutes there was another chance for the Brazilians, as Kekana chested down a ball in the box before shooting across the face of goal from a tight angle.

Ten minutes later, and against the run of play, Chippa broke the deadlock through former ‘Downs player Samuel Julies. The substitute arrived late at the far post to turn home Mpho Mvelase’s deflected cross from the right of the penalty area.

The opening goal allowed the game to be stretched in the final stages, as Sundowns began pushing men forward, which in turn gave Chippa the space to counter attack through their speedy players.

The hosts looked the likelier scorers in the final quarter hour of regulation time but wasted several promising attacking opportunities, while the Brazilians even resorted to playing the beanpole Wayne Arendse upfront, but their efforts were in vain.

Chippa United (0) 1 (Julies 63’)

Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Konqobe, Mpahanga, Mvelase (Masuku 70’), Mdlinzo, Mabaso, Mako, Lentjies (Bergman 76’), L. Manzini (Julies 62’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Morena, Soumahoro, Madisha, Hachi, Kekana, Manyisa, T. Zwane (Arendse 88’), Billiat, Sekotlong (Lebese 22’ [Castro 74’]), Tau



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Mosimane: Buckle up Sundowns fans! – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 20:00


Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has told the club’s fans to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.

The Brazilians have struggled to replicate the form that spearheaded them to CAF Champions League glory 12 months ago, with a surprise 2-1 defeat to AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership last weekend highlighting their recent troubles.

As per KickOff.com, in 53 games played since lifting the title in Alexandria, Sundowns have recorded 26 wins, 15 defeats and 12 draws across all competitions.

During this period they have only added the CAF Super Cup to their trophy cabinet, with Bidvest Wits claiming league glory in May.

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Three losses in their past four games doesn’t make for good reading, and the Tshwane giants will as a result be desperate to return to winning ways when they take on Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout Cup this weekend.

“Hopefully we can turn things around, but it is a bit difficult for Sundowns,” said Mosimane. “I was telling the players and a message must also go out to our supporters that they must buckle up this season.

“I see a little bit of turbulence along the way and Sundowns fans must be patient….. but they must buckle up.

“It is going to be a tough season because we did not stabilise the team this year due to a lot of injuries.

“I have not found my starting eleven proper,” he concluded.



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Nomvethe, Khenyeza down Sundowns in Tshwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mhlengi Cele of AmaZulu challenged by Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 21 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 22:35


Goals from Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhudi Khenyeza handed AmaZulu a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns n the Absa Premiership on Saturday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Coach Cavin Johnson’s men moved up the log table as they jumped to the seventh spot with 11 point from eight games.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s men started like a house on fire and they managed to put the Durban-base side under pressure.

The hosts had a bright start in the encounter as they probed for an early goal and Sekotlong found a beautiful cross from the right and he made no mistake to finish with ease in the eighth minute.

Sundowns were unfortunate when Percy Tau saw his effort flying over the crossbar as he unleashed a powerful shot in the 17th minute.

The visitors took time to test Ghanaian international goalkeeper Razak Brimah, who was protected by his defence.

In the 37th minute Mosimane’s men found the back of the net as Tau scored, but the speedy forward was found to be offside

There were no goals in the end of the first half, but it was the hosts who continued with attacking and Tau wasted a number of chances to put the hosts further ahead.

Samuel Darpoh tried an attemp to beat Brimah from a long range in the 59th minute, yet he could not hit the target.

Coach Cavin Johnson’s troops could not give up as they pushed for an equaliser, but they failed to break the stable Sundowns defence.

The Usuthu technical bench made changes and Nomvethe was introduced, and with his pace he beat Sundowns’ defence, only to see his effort saved by Brimah in the 78th minute.

A ball from the left flank allowed Cele to pounce on a loose ball in the box as the hosts protested for an offside, but Nomvethe managed to finish on the far post with 11 minutes to play.

However, the visitors gained the front foot and pushed for a winner and Khenyeza sprung the offside trap to beat Brimah on his right corner, 2-1 to Usuthu.

In the last few minutes of the encounter, it was the Durban-based outfit which showed more hunger.

In the end, the Brazilians now move to number nine on the log with as many points from six matches as they registered their second loss in a row.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 1 (Sekotlong 08′)

AmaZulu (0) 2 (Nomvethe 79′, Khenyeza 87′)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Brimah, Hachi, Arendse, Morena, Madisha, Ngcongca, Kekana, Sekotlong (Mohomi 69′), Zwane (Lebese 60′), Manyisa (Castro 82′), Tau

AmaZulu: Pule, M. Gumede, P. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Morton, Dlamini L, Darpoh, Mbatha B, Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Nomvethe 74′)



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Chiefs secure victory against 10-man Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Philani Zulu of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 17 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 22:03


Kaizer Chiefs edged out Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday night.

As a result, Chiefs move up to position three on the league table, while Sundowns move down to seventh spot on the table.

Amakhosi threatened first through Bernard Parker, who unleashed a powerful shot which missed the target just six minutes into the match.

The Brazilians dominated possession, but they found it difficult to unlock the Chiefs defence which looked solid.

Parker should have made it 1-0 to Chiefs following a counter-attack four minutes before the half-hour nark.

However, the former FC Twente striker hit the crossbar and the ball was cleared away by the Sundowns defence.

Sundowns forward Percy Tau, who has been good season, had a chance to score eight minutes later and placed his over the crossbar from close range.

Another counter-attack by the visitors nearly led to a goal on the stroke of half-time with the Sundowns defence exposed.

However, Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango ensured that the first-half ended goalless as pushed away Chiefs winger Joseph Molangoane’s attempt.

It took only five minutes for Siyabonga Ngezana to make it 1-0 to Chiefs with a good header in the second-half with Onyango well beaten.

Sundowns were then awarded a free-kick in a promising area which Hlompho Kekana fired straight into the Chiefs wall.

Bernard Parker then doubled Chiefs’ lead in the 72nd minute after the victors had launched a quick counter-attack.

Sundowns were then reduced to 10 men a minute later after Tiyani Mabunda received his second yellow card.

However, Sundowns did grab a late consolation goal through Themba Zwane, who scored a late penalty and ultimately, Chiefs won 2-1.

Sundowns (0) 1 (Zwane 82′)

Chiefs (0) 2 (Ngezana 50′, Parker 72′)

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Arendse (Lebese 86′), Morena, Madisha, Mabunda, Kekana, Billiat (Malajila 83′), Zwane, Vilakazi (Manyisa 52′), Tau.

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Zuma 78′), Tshabalala (Meyiwa 89′), Molangoane, Parker (Chirambadare 90+4′).



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


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

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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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Sundowns, Chiefs set for heavyweight battle – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 01 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 14:30


Absa Premiership heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will do battle at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 17 October 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns claimed a second successive win when they defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 away on October 1. The Tshwane side are placed in the upper reaches of the log despite playing just four matches – their schedule has been affected by their participation in the CAF Champions League, though they were knocked out of the competition last month.

The Brazilians’ only home game so far this season was a 2-1 loss at the hands of Polokwane City back in August and coach Pitso Mosimane will want his side to avoid a similar fate in this high-profile fixture.

Chiefs suffered their second league loss of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at home (in Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium) by league leaders Baroka FC. The Soweto giants had an early lead in the game, but let the chance to claim all three points slip through their fingers.

The Amakhosi have performed strongly away from home this season, claiming seven points from a possible nine on the road. Their last away match was an impressive 2-0 win at Maritzburg United back in September.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Chiefs have met in 64 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed 26 wins compared to 20 for the Brazilians, while 18 matches have been drawn. The Tshwane side has claimed 15 wins from their 32 home league matches against the Soweto giants, suffering nine defeats in the process.

Last season each side claimed a home victory over the other: ‘Downs won 2-1 in Tshwane in the first half of the campaign, while Chiefs claimed a victory by the same score in the return game in Soweto. The league meetings of these teams have produced a combined 131 goals down the years.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Stars on October 1: Brimah, Arendse, Madisha, Morena, Langerman, Mabunda (Nthethe 68′), Kekana, Tau, Vilakazi (Malajila 61′), Zwane, Billiat (Ngcongca 86′).

Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-1 loss to Baroka on September 30: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Maluleka, Meyiwa (Meyiwa 77′), Ekstein, Jayiya (Zuma 60′), Tshabalala, Paez (Parker 37′).



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Sundowns president downplays Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Patrice Motsepe, Mamelodi Sundowns chairman

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 14:00


Mamelodi Sundowns club president Patrice Motsepe has downplayed their exit from the CAF Champions League last month.

Sundowns, the defending African champions, were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca. The teams drew 1-1 on aggregate before the North Africans edged the tie on penalties.

It may have been a disappointing end to their African campaign for 2017, but Motsepe shrugged off the defeat, instead looking ahead to the Brazilians’ return to the competition early next year.

“They said to me that they’ll be back in four months, so [I shouldn’t worry],” joked Motsepe, as quoted by Kick-Off. “But Africa, for us, is very important, of course.

“You’ve got to look at South African football in the context of it’s global competitiveness – all the teams are doing excellent work, including those not playing in Africa.

“I always say there’s about 8-10 clubs in this country that could, not just compete in Africa but, in my view, win the African Champions League, because the standard of the football in this country has improved significantly.

“What I like as well is the great interest and appreciation in realising that we have to do well, not just [as Mamelodi Sundowns], I would even humbly suggest all our teams in the country.”



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Sundowns add to Platinum Stars’ woes – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Sibongakonke Mbatha of Platinum Stars challenges Tebogo Langerman of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns on the 01 October 2017 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 17:05


Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Platinum Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The result sees the Brazilians climb to fifth spot on the league table, while struggling Dikwena remain 16th on the standings.

Dikwena conceded just two minutes into the match after their defence was exposed and Khama Billiat capitalized from close range.

The Zimbabwe international fired past Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela after controlling Hlompho Kekana’s long ball very well, before scoring.

The home side was struggling to contain the Brazilians, who looked threatening each time they pushed forward in search of another goal.

Sibusiso Vilakazi, who was part of Sundowns’ front three attackers, had a chance to shoot from close range in the 22nd minute, but he fired over the crossbar.

Dikwena, who had Bonginkosi Ntuli as their target-man, pushed for the equalizing goal, but they found it difficult to penetrate the Sundowns defence.

Sundowns should have doubled their lead just before the half-time break, but Mzimela pulled off a great save to deny Billiat from close range.

The first-half ended 1-0 in favour of Sundowns, who had taken an early lead in the North West Province town, Rustenburg.

The Brazilians continued to create chances in the second-half as they searched for their second goal of the match.

Tebogo Langerman, the Sundowns full-back, found some space outside the Stars box in the 54th minute and he unleashed a shot which was easily saved by Mzimela.

Botswana international Thabang Sesinyi, who was tightly marked by the Sundowns defence, was replaced by Stars’ Namibian striker Benson Shilongo in the 67th minute.

Percy Tau thought he had doubled his Sundowns’ lead ten minutes later after beating Mzimela with a low shot, but the South African international was ruled offside.

Stars could not snatch a late equalizing goal in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, Sundowns ran out 1-0 winners.

P Stars (0) 0

Sundowns (1) 1 (Billiat 2′)

P Stars: Mzimela, Mhwedihanga, Zulu, Mlilo, Mere, Msomi (Masalesa 79′), Mkhabela, Ng’ambi, Mbatha (Otladisa 46′), Sesinyi (Shilongo 67′), Ntuli.

Sundowns: Brimah, Arendse, Madisha, Morena, Langerman, Mabunda (Nthethe 68′), Kekana, Tau, Vilakazi (Malajila 61′), Zwane, Billiat (Ngcongca 86′).



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Winless Stars welcome Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating their 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

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 11:00


Platinum Stars will look for their first Absa Premiership win of the season when they host Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on 1 October 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Stars racked up a sixth successive match without a victory after they held AmaZulu 1-1 in Durban on September 23. The Rustenburg side claimed a first-half lead through Thabang Sesinyi, but they conceded an equaliser to miss out on their first full haul of points.

Dikwena have recorded one draw and two losses at home thus far in the 2017/18 campaign. Most worrying for coach Roger de Sa, they have yet to even score a single goal. That statistic will need to change if they are to have a chance of a positive result against ‘Downs.

Sundowns have not been in league action since September 11 when they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 away from home in their third match of the campaign. That the Tshwane side has fallen behind in the schedule is due to their participation in the CAF Champions League.

Coach Pitso Mosimane will hope his Brazilians keep up their 100 percent away record in the league, having already beaten SuperSport United and Ea Lla Koto in their own back yards thus far in the 2017/18 season.

In head-to-head stats, Stars and Sundowns have met in 28 league matches since 2003/04. The Brazilians have claimed 11 wins compared to six for Dikwena, while 11 matches have finished in draws. The Rustenburg side has claimed just two wins and suffered seven defeats in their 14 turns as host in this rivalry.

Last season ‘Downs took four points off Stars, winning 2-1 in Rustenburg in the first half of the campaign before playing out a 2-2 draw in the return game in Tshwane. The teams have played to five draws in their last nine matches, while Dikwena’s last win over the Brazilians was in the first half of the 2012/13 campaign.

Stars’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with AmaZulu on September 23: Mzimela, De Jongh, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Zulu, Mkhabela, Mere, Sesinyi, Ng’ambi (Kunene 87’), Mbatha (Mpeta 73’), Ntuli (Matlakala 90+2’).

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Stars on 11 September: Brimah, Ngcongca, Madisha, Arendse, Hachi, Soumahoro, Manyisa (Mohomi 82’), Lebese, Vilakazi, Laffor (Tau 29’), Castro (Sekotlong 67’).



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Robert Ng’ambi is scared of Sundowns after Champions League exit – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Platinum Stars


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 13:30


With Mamelodi Sundowns having failed to defend their CAF Champions League title, Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi has warned his teammates of the Brazilians.

The Tshwane side will resume their Absa Premiership schedule to visit Dikwena on Sunday and the Malawian is scared of Sundowns.

He said they have a duty to win their games and forget about what is happening at the club beyond the field of play.

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“They will come into the game with the mindset of making a statement against us after losing out in the CAF,” Ng’ambi said to the Sowetan.

“It will just be up to us players to focus and make sure we are at our best against what is for me the best team on the continent.

“As players we have not been concentrating on what is happening in the background with the club. Our duty is to win games and remain competitive in the league.”

With coach Roger De Sa’s men still chasing their first 2017/18 win in the league and Sundowns out to erase their CAF disappointments, the match is set to be a thriller in Rustenburg.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s troops will face Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, kick-off is at 15:00 (CAT).



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Wydad stun Sundowns to advance


Oupa Manyisa of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Salaheddine Saidi of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League @Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 00:31


Wydad Casablanca beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the 2017 CAF Champions League quarter-final second-leg match at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah on Saturday night.

Morocco’s Wydad advanced to the semi-finals after defeating the South African side 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 stalemate on aggregate.

Nicknamed the Kings of Titles, Wydad dominated the match from the start and their pressure paid off in the 26th minute.

Mohammed Ounajem’s cross was headed home by Salah Eddine Saidi – making it 1-0 to Wydad much to the delight of the home crowd.

The defending champions tried to push for the equalizing goal, but the Kings of Titles contained them and the score was 1-0 to Wydad at half-time.

Sundowns should have scored a few minutes into the second-half, but their captain Hlompho Kekana missed the target from close range.

The Sundowns midfielder was then denied by Wydad goalkeeper Zouhair Laaroubi from a free-kick which was in a promising area.

The match ended 1-0 in favour of Wydad on the night and a penalty shootout followed as the tie was locked at 1-1 on aggregare.

Sundowns missed tthree spot-kicks and Wydad won 3-2 on penalties – booking a place in the semi-finals where they will take on Algerian side USM Alger.

Wydad (1) 1 (Saidi 26′)

Sundowns (0)

Wydad: Laaroubi, Rabeh, Noussir, Atouchi, Saidi, Nakach, Gaddarine, Bencharki, Doa (El Karti 76′), Ounnajem, El Haddad (Khadrouf 84′).

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Arendse (Soumahoro 89′), Madisha, Mabunda, Kekana, Manyisa, Zwane (Lebese 84′), Morena, Tau, Billiat (Zakri 73′).



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Sundowns up against it in Morocco


George Lebese of Mamelodi Sundowns and Nhlanhla Vilakazi(r) and Nyiko Mobbie of Free State Stars 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

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Brian Lee

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 13:30


Wydad Casablanca will face off with Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017 CAF Champions League quarter-final second-leg match at the Stade Mohamed V on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 10:00pm.

The Kings of Titles were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Sundowns in the first-leg match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in South Africa last weekend.

This year, Wydad are hoping to go all the way and clinch their second Champions League title having won their first trophy in 1992.

Achraf Bencharki, who scored twice in the group stage, is one of Kings of Titles’ dangermen and the winger will look inspire his side to victory at home.

The midfielder is available after missing the first-leg encounter due to suspension. He is expected to feature for the Kings of Titles in Casablanca.

Wydad head coach Hussein Ammouta says his team will be more in offensive this time around, but they also need to be cautious at the back.

“We have to take care of Sundowns’ offensive players,” Ammouta said.

“But we also have to take more risks and attack them because we lost the ball a lot here. We didn’t create too many chances to score.

“We have to take more risks at home because it is the final game. Mamelodi have a good record away from home, so we have to balance how we defend and attack them.”

Meanwhile, Sundowns will feel that they are in control of this tie even though, they recorded a narrow victory at home.

The Brazilians are hoping to become the first team to successfully defend this prestigious tournament since 2013.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who are record eight-time winners, defended the trophy after defeating SA’s Orlando Pirates in the final four years ago.

Yannick Zakri, who netted the only goal of the match in the first-leg, is a key player for Sundowns and the forward will be eager to produce another match-winning performance.

Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane says they know exactly what to expect in Morocco and they will fight for another victory.

“We have to give everything we have. This is the last match of the quarterfinal. You win, you are in the semi-finals and you lose, then you are out,” Mosimane said.

“It’s going to be a fight there. But we have experience playing in the Champions League. We know their mentality. They will come to your bench and provoke you. They will also burn things.

“That’s their culture, mentality and belief when they play at home. We have been to Zamalek, Al Ahly, Esperance and it was tough, but we made it. We are the champions of Africa – we have the experience and know what to expect there.”

The winner on aggregate between Wydad and Sundowns will lock horns with either Algerian club USM Alger or Mozambican side Ferroviário Beira in the semi-finals.



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Wydad look to stun defending champs Sundowns


Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Salaheddine Saidi of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad AC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 13:00


Wydad Casablanca will battle with Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2017 CAF Champions League match on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 22h00 CAT.

The quarter-final second-leg encounter will be played at the Stade Mohamed V in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

The first-leg match was won 1-0 by Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa last weekend.

Brahim Nakach is the Wydad club captain and he will be keen to use his experience to help the team overcome Sundowns, and qualify for the semi-finals.

The Moroccan giants have won this tournament once (in 1992) and they are hoping to clinch it for the second time this year.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Sundowns forward Yannick Zakri, who scored the winning goal in the first-leg game. He will be looking to inspire his side to another victory.

The South African giants are the defending champions of this tournament and they are hoping to become one of the few clubs that have successfully defended it.

The winner on aggregate will face off with either Algerian outfit USM Alger or Mozambican club Ferroviário Beira in the semi-finals.

Referee Ali Lemghaifry, who hails from Mauritania, will be in charge of the encounter between Wydad and Sundowns on Saturday.



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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

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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

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

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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Kekana wants Sundowns to retain CAF CL crown – 2017 CAF Champions League


Hlompho Kekana celebrates his goal with Percy Taui of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo on the 22 December 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 17:00


Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana wants his team to emulate the success of Al Ahly, TP Mazembe and Enyimba, by defending the CAF Champions League crown they won last year.

The Brazilians became only the second team from South Africa to win the continent’s most coveted club title and Kekana is hopeful that the Chloorkop-based club can now add a second CAF CL trophy to their ever growing trophy cabinet.

Kekana, 32, will this weekend lead his troops in a first-leg quarterfinal tie against Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca as they set their sights on reaching the 2017 showpiece.

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“As players we are excited to take part in this tournament. I remember when I was at school, this is the tournament a dreamed of playing in – look at me now – I have played in this tournament and won it,” said Kekana.

“We want to make sure that we defend the trophy, it will be great for us as players and for South Africans it will be something to brag about,” he concluded.

Teammate Sibusiso Vilakazi highlighted the importance of keeping a clean sheet on home soil:

“The most important thing is that if we create chances to put them away, but we also we have to make sure we keep a clean sheet because it will be difficult away from home,” Vilakazi added.

“They are a very, very good team. It is important we make use of our home ground advantage.”



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Sundowns, Wydad ready for quarterfinal battle


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

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 10:30


Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca will begin battle for a place in the CAF Champions League semifinals when they meet at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane on Sunday, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

The teams’ first leg, quarterfinal clash promises to be a thrilling South v North African battle in which the competition’s title holders will seek a strong advantage to take with them to Morocco next weekend.

Wydad were one of the more impressive teams on show in the previous round: they topped a tough Group D ahead of eight-time champions Al Ahly and also have the honour of being the reigning Moroccan title holders.

However, their domestic league campaign got off to a rocky start last weekend when they were beaten 3-1 at home by rivals FUS Rabat, and they will have had significantly less time to prepare for this clash in the wake of a Thursday afternoon match against Rapide Oued Zem.

Sundowns secured their place in the last eight by finishing second behind Tunisian heavyweights Esperance de Tunis in Group C, with a record of two wins, three draws and just one defeat.

The Brazilians will be hoping to improve on their home form: they didn’t win any of the three group matches they hosted and have also lost both of their domestic home matches so far in the 2017/18 season.

Coach Pitso Mosimane will have to cope with a lengthy list of injuries, but his side’s victory away to Free State Stars in a domestic league game earlier this week demonstrated their strength in depth.

“Anthony [Laffor] is on crutches, Khama [Billiat] is injured, Leo [Castro] made it through a late fitness test, [Tiyani] Mabunda is injured. 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,” the ‘Downs coach said after the game against Stars.

The match in Tshwane will be handled by Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa. The return leg is set for Saturday 23 September at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca. The aggregate winners will face either Ferroviario Beira or USM Alger in the semifinals.



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


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane with Percy Tau

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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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Tau double takes Sundowns to victory – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating their 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

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 20:01


Percy Tau scored a brace to see Mamelodi Sundowns defeat hosts Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match on Monday evening.

The victory at Goble Park Stadium takes the Brazilians up to third place on the log (level on points with Maritzburg United and Cape Town City), while Ea Lla Koto drop to second-last after a defeat in new coach Luc Eymael’s first game in charge.

Stars started brightly and created the first chance of the match in the 10th minute, with Katlego Mokhuoane cutting inside from the left before sending a low shot just wide of the near post.

Sundowns also had their moments in attack in the first half, with Leonardo Castro denied from a tight angle in the 22nd minute by a combination of goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare and the upright.

The Brazilians also had a setback in their forward line when Liberian Anthony Laffor picked up an ankle injury. He tried to run it off, but was replaced on 29 minutes by Percy Tau.

Yet Tau’s introduction proved very fruitful for ‘Downs, with the young striker opening the scoring in the 44th minute with a fine strike direct from a free kick. The visitors led 1-0 at the interval.

And they should have doubled their advantage just five minutes into the second half. George Lebese whipped in a fine cross from a free kick to find Castro free in the box, but the Colombian put his glancing header wide.

Yet the second goal arrived on the hour mark and once again it was Tau who set the match alight. The substitute cut inside from the right flank, skipped past a couple of challenges and fired home a superb shot from just outside the ‘D’ of the penalty area.

Ea Lla Koto didn’t really threaten to get back in the game, though they sparked a few late fears in the Brazilians when Nhlanhla Vilakazi scored with a towering header deep in injury time. However, it was too little, too late for the home side.

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Vilakazi 90+4’)

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Tau 44’ 60’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Masehe, Keita, Phungwayo, Mokhuoane, Vilakazi, Abubakar (Venter 62’), Hlubi (Anas 69’), Mthembu, Manqele (Jantjie 53’)

Sundowns: Brimah, Ngcongca, Madisha, Arendse, Hachi, Soumahoro, Manyisa (Mohomi 82’), Lebese, Vilakazi, Laffor (Tau 29’), Castro (Sekotlong 67’)



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


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

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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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Sundowns ready for Polokwane clash


Sipho Jembula of Polokwane City challenges Fares Hachi of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City on the 14 March 2017 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 11:30


Mamelodi Sundowns will target a second successive win at the start of the new Absa Premiership season when they host Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 22 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Sundowns opened their campaign with a morale-boosting 2-0 away win over Tshwane rivals SuperSport United this past weekend. Goals from midfielders Hlompho Kekana and Themba Zwane saw Pitso Mosimane’s team shrug off a shock defeat in the MTN8 quarterfinals earlier this month.

The Brazilians lost just one home match in the league last season and will be looking to keep up that kind of form as hosts, hoping that it will underpin another strong challenge for the Absa Premiership trophy.

Polokwane began their league season on somewhat of a disappointing note as they were held goalless at home by provincial rivals Baroka FC. The team clad in orange would have been hoping for a victory at home to one of the top flight’s so-called ‘minnows’, but they were unable to prise open their opponent’s defence.

Rise and Shine drew most of their away matches last term (eight from 15 games on the road) and coach Bernard Molekwa would probably consider a sharing of the spoils a very respectable result against a heavyweight like ‘Downs.

In head-to-head stats, Sundowns and Polokwane have clashed in eight league matches since 2013/14. The Brazilians have generally dominated the rivalry, claiming five wins compared to just one for Rise and Shine. ‘Downs are also unbeaten at home against City, with two wins and two draws from four turns as hosts.

The teams’ two league meetings in 2016/17 saw the Brazilians claim four points: Pitso Mosimane’s men won 2-0 in Polokwane in the first half of the season, while the return game in Tshwane ended in a goalless stalemate. ‘Downs are unbeaten in their last seven league clashes against Polokwane.

Sundowns’ line-up from their 2-0 win over SuperSport on 19 August: Onyango, Morena, Madisha, Soumahoro, Langerman, T. Zwane, Kekana, Manyisa, Lebese (Zakri 56’), Billiat, Tau (Laffor 77’).

Polokwane’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Baroka on 19 August: Chigova, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Semenya, Maluleke, Seabi, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Mncwango (Booi 78′), Manaka (Phiri 81′).



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