No-win record for Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 22 November 2012 Time: 3:08 pm
Mamelodi Sundowns have reached a new low: it is the longest stretch the club has endured without a win in PSL history.
Since that victory over three months ago Sundowns have lost six and drawn four, scoring just six goals, and are languishing right at the bottom of the table, with red lights flashing all over the dressing-room regarding their League form.
Though only a third of the season has been played club boss Patrice Motsepe is aware of the sad reality that his team is already out of the League title race, and may have to be content with squeezing into the top eight, if they can move away from the danger zone.
Never before – since the start of the PSL in 1996 – has the Chloorkop-based club gone for such a long period in the League without winning a match.
Sundowns worst run before now was a stretch of seven games, which happened in 2003/04, 2007/08 and 2008/09.
In those three seasons that run of seven games without a victory triggered a change in coaching personnel, with Luis Oscar Fullone stepping aside from his co-coaching role with Khabo Zondo, before Zondo was himself replaced by Paul Dolezar during that dreadful 2003/04 season in which Sundowns finished 10th.
Then, in the 2007/08 season, when Gordon Igesund could not put together a winning formula he found himself eventually walking out alone, with Trott Moloto taking over.
That year Sundowns eventually finished fourth.
In the 2008/09 season Henri Michel was also forced out with his job after two games without a win, but that record was worsened by Ted Dumitru who could not win either for the remaining five matches of that season as Sundowns missed out on the top eight.
Against the odds, this season Johan Neeskens has stayed put so far, but the coach is growing increasingly annoyed with each game that is played, as witnessed by his reaction after last night's draw at home against fellow strugglers AmaZulu.
Despite their massive spend this season Sundowns will unfortunately have to forget about winning the League well before Christmas and look for some consolation in the fact that have booked their place in the Final of the Telkom Knockout.