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What More Must Sundowns Do?

Editor's Blog: What More Must Sundowns Do?

By Soccer Laduma - Dec 07, 2016 05:45 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns continue with their excellent form as they fly off to represent South Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup – the highest level of club football on the planet – following their successful CAF Champions League campaign that saw them being crowned African champions just over a month ago.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s charges will be rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world, but it seems like the country doesn’t quite realise just how huge this is. Sadly, not even the team’s supporters seem to acknowledge just how important this amazing achievement is, or how well Mosimane’s team has done by winning the Champions League to secure a place in Japan. 

Remember, it’s been more than two decades since Orlando Pirates received the honour of putting a star above their badge and, until recently, they were the only club in the country to have done so. That was until Jingles went on to achieve the same feat recently. This is the first time ever that South Africa will be represented at this club tournament, with the Brazilians also standing a chance of coming up against Real Madrid – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – yet I feel this achievement by Masandawana isn’t being given the kind of attention it richly deserves. 

What more should the team do in order to play in front of decent crowds, especially in their home games? Do they always have to play Mzansi’s giants in order to attract decent crowds? The last time Sundowns enjoyed proper support was during the days of Roger Feutmba, Charles Motlohi, Daniel Mudau and many other legends of the club. Obviously, the current team is completely different to the Class of the ‘90s, but their success over the past three seasons calls for more passion and support from the club’s faithful. 

Let’s not forget that the club had not won any major silverware in almost a decade when Mosimane arrived, yet today they are considered the best team on the continent. Surely the least they could expect from their fans is support on match days. The club’s supporters have been ridiculed by their more successful counterparts for a long time and it is now their turn to make some noise, however, to say they’ve been disappointing would be an understatement. Here’s a perfect opportunity to cherish your players and capitalise on the team’s good form and success, but you don’t seem keen to revel in it. What could the reasons for the continued poor crowd attendance be? I would really like to hear from the club’s supporters who aren’t attending games because maybe I’m missing something here. While I know, for a fact, that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates enjoy far greater numbers in terms of their support base than Sundowns, I refuse to believe the numbers we’ve seen at Loftus are a true reflection of the team’s support base. 

I’m told a number of Downs’ supporters will be sent to Japan on an all-expenses-paid trip. Only a short while ago, the club did something similar when they went to play the second leg of the Champions League final in Egypt. How many teams have done something like that for their supporters? You’d be hard-pressed to find a club that shows so much care and appreciation for their faithful supporters. So it’s a depressing sight when the team plays in front of a relatively empty Loftus Versfeld Stadium in their home games, despite all the investment in their supporters. Ka Bo Yellow nation, please make a plan to change this worrying phenomenon because I’m pretty sure that your players are wondering what more they need to do in order to play in front of decent crowds. Let’s be honest, it would be exceedingly difficult for Mosimane and his technical team to get the team playing much better than they are at the moment. 

Still on the supporters, we slowly continue to witness a disturbing trend of a section of Kaizer Chiefs supporters pelting missiles at their under-fire coach, Steve Komphela. While the frustration is understandable because of the team’s poor form, stooping to criminal levels is just unacceptable. There’s no place for hooligans in the Beautiful Game and if there was a time the team needed their supporters, it would be right about now. It is very important for the well behaved supporters to reprimand those taking part in these acts of hooliganism, as their actions continue to chase people away from the stadiums. We continue to condemn poor crowd attendances week in and week out, but missiles flying at stadiums will just undo everything we’re working so hard to achieve. People need to feel safe at stadiums, like they did back in the day.

Before I go, let me wish Bafana Ba Style all the best for when they fly South Africa’s flag high in Japan. Best of luck, as well, to SuperSport United and Cape Town City for their much-anticipated Telkom Knockout final clash this Saturday evening, which is sure to be a cracker!

Cheers

VeeJay


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Masogoal Joined: 05 Jan 2016
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Masogoal Dec 08, 2016 11:00 PM
I find these article misleading and not facts. Is very disappointing to see that is written by an editor than a soccer fan. As a editor you have to get facts not assumptions. Firstly let me correct you boss, the last time Sundowns won a major silverware was in 2007\08 before Pitso joins Sundowns. If that is a decade then my parents wanted their money taking me to school. Secondly, name one team that has manage to fill a stadium in PSL for the last three season to say so. Some teams have even tried to move their home games to other provinces while the mighty remain in Pretoria. That has become a South African soccer problem in large not a single team. It take two teams to fill a stadium. Thirdly, the president Mr Motsepe has appreciated the attendance and the support has been getting from their supporters which in your words is a "worrying phenomenon". A worrying phenomenon is when a media or a certain journalist take side in reporting or writing their story. A worrying phenomenon is when media house missed to tell the nation about the treatment Sundowns received in Egypt from Zamalek. Lastly, in future get your fact before writing a misleading article that lack sense.
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Juninho13 Dec 08, 2016 06:17 PM
Kaisers Orphans always whinning
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mosarajevo Dec 08, 2016 12:27 PM
maybe we should just buy Macufe specialist FC with the prize money after this , and have them complete in the Women's division....LOL
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Daddy1 Dec 08, 2016 10:38 AM
The media is wrong by concentrating too much on MAKUFE team. Soccerladuma are always after MAKUFE day and night and forget bigger stages. You guys are leading the supporters of the game down because for you MAKUFE is the only soccer team
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mosarajevo Dec 08, 2016 08:51 AM
Fact....its marked in history that team ya style confidently won the Champions League...ga gona se makwapa a chipps can do or say about it...finish and klaaar...all you can you is wish and dream to compete with the best of the world....but that wont happen as chipps isnt even part of the rest
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mosarajevo Dec 08, 2016 08:48 AM
makwapa a Donation FC always complain about down winning star via back...well lets look at the some historic winning trend by Donation FC...70 - 80 % of the games including trophies were won controversially ( illegally awarded penalty , other teams being cheated - remeber rothmans cup). think with all the corruption being rooted out of to p class football...Kaizer chiefs are finnaly shappening up to their true form.......below average
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#Vongani Dec 08, 2016 08:09 AM
@Mshayiwamateam ,a you alcoholic or using drugs!!!even a,blind man can see that sundowns does not have a,clean star
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KhosiGums Dec 08, 2016 07:40 AM
@Mshayiwamateam-I am not worried about a small team,I am only responding to your bogus claims,I will never ignore your hallucinations.
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Mshayiwamateam Dec 08, 2016 07:19 AM
@KhosiGums you should be more worried about your very "useful" team who are playing draws and loses. Stop frustrating yourself with Sundowns because you will end up suffering from a heart attack.
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KhosiGums Dec 08, 2016 06:04 AM
@rams7305-I knew you will be hurt when the truth is told,how many trophies did Lucky star FC win since the arrival of Pitsa? it is the same number of trophies just like chiefs,dont tell me about a star won through bribery,your useless team was knocked out of CAF not once but twice,out of CCL by AS Vita and out of CCC by Medeama but got reinstated in CCL through the back door,it is a fact Lucky star FC were trophiless from 2008 to 2014 and this is pathetic for a team which spends a lot of money buying players,it simply means you wasted money on cows,khosi till Back door star FC win a clean star.
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Matayitayi Dec 08, 2016 12:47 AM
Uyaphapha Veejay coz we attended the Ajax game in big numbers
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Matayitayi Dec 08, 2016 12:46 AM
We cannot fill the stadium everyweek you fool ..ticket is 40 rand and transport together with food ..we don't have money..infact chiefs and pirates also plays in empty stadia
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#Vongani Dec 07, 2016 11:45 PM
@kdowns ,who cares?,,,free entrence,,,,,corruption(backdo or entrence ) go an expoZ your corruption in japan
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kdowns Dec 07, 2016 10:50 PM
I attend 70% of our home games,but if you bring back pitje I will attend 100% of our home matches because it's a bit expensive to go to Moripe or Loftus
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TrevorvanWyk Dec 07, 2016 09:55 PM
For Chiefs and Bucs, their teams are a religion. Hence the hooliganism. They worship their teams and invest all their emotions, spirit and resources. Tshwane teams worship God. Supporting football is a very small part of our lives. Our families are way more important than football team. I use to worship Orlando Pirates, and when I wanted to jump out a window bcos they lost to Chief's, I quit being a FANatic. I joined SSU 5 yrs later just to mke football conversation at the workplace.
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TrevorvanWyk Dec 07, 2016 09:47 PM
1.We have this thing called DSTV with big flat screens. 2 The food in my house is also cheaper. 3 I can watch PSL,EPL,& LA LIGA all at once. If they want people at the stadium, they must: 1 Allow us to bring our own food & drinks.2 block out the game 50km radius around the stadium.
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Mabotsa_Shabza_Khosi Dec 07, 2016 09:38 PM
@Bestmore79 :Tears?...for what exactly?
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lesiba ko-c 4 life Dec 07, 2016 09:38 PM
put more strokes on their practice
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Bestmore79 Dec 07, 2016 09:34 PM
@Mabotsa_Shabza_Khosi ag shame,tears
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Mabotsa_Shabza_Khosi Dec 07, 2016 09:07 PM
They must do what they did before....let that team to win..and pay the bribe in the later stage... We all know that they've got rich guy....so they are capable of anything.

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