Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club
Nickname: The Brazilians, Bafana Ba Style
Home Ground: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, Gauteng (51, 762)
Coach: Pitso Mosimane
2014/15 League Finish: 2nd
Star Players To Watch: Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Thabo Nthethe, Teko Modise, Themba Zwane, Khama Billiat
Young Guns To Watch: Kwanda Mngonyama, Bongani Zungu, Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly, Kudakwashe Mahachi
The Grand Stand View
The seeds of stability have been sown over at Chloorkop during the past 18 or so months, the club has tried to stop their roster reshuffling policy and the on-field performances have been encouraging for Downs as they now have the freedom to knuckle down and play according to the gaffers’ instructions while attempting to meet the Chairman’s mandate of succeeding at all levels with a degree of style. The fruits of that labour may be truly reaped this season as the club can boast one of the heaviest arsenals on the continent, and the only question will be whether they can add some defensive stability to their formula and make it a truly unbeatable one.
When Mamelodi Sundowns play their Shoeshine & Piano brand of football, there are fewer more refreshing sights in the beautiful game and many in Mamelodi, and indeed across the entire Mzansi diski fraternity, will be praying to see Downs get into their rove quickly and make the title race entertaining as they have the quality to mount a serious charge at the crown. Gaffer Pitso Mosimane does not truly get the respect he has earned, especially when things don’t go his way, yet the living coaching legend nicknamed Jingles will have a serious point to prove this season and the personnel to do so. Pitso will have the experience of being at the helm longer and he will have to bank on all his knowhow and tactical nous if he is to led his talent laden side to some much craved success, the squad has received a youthful injection form the dealings in the market while the youth development at Downs continues to elevate its standards and produce elite level ready young talents that have the potential to develop into class players in the first team. The onus will now be on the management staff to strike a balance between youth and experience as they have both in abundance this season, a failure to mount a serious title challenge or accumulate a trophy or two during the season will reflect very badly on the side as they have the quality to compete in all competitions without dulling the potency of the starting unit.