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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.

Sundowns drew 1-1 with AmaZulu last night and have not won in 10 League games, their only three points this season coming on the opening day, against Chippa United.

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.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

Mpofu4Life
posted: 03:15 pm
It's sad and iskhathi siyahamba
The Yellow Army
posted: 03:19 pm
I think Neeskens must leave and firing a coach it doesnt mean he's a bad coach, it means he couldnt achieve the required output and that does happen in football. Its normal and coach is fired for that. He failed this season.

He can be given another task within a team. We'll have a good history like Leeds United. Mr President, please do something now. This is too much!!
Mbhebhisto
posted: 03:19 pm
They are called Sweet 16 hahahahahha
Mister not so nice guy
posted: 03:20 pm
Players must take the blame, management is just a scapegoat at Sundowns!
Liwoza_Of_Zion
posted: 03:20 pm
I think they will find it even tougher at NFD next season, coz by the looks of things its where they are heading. We dont need teams as poor as this in our PSL league.

This coach would be fired long time ago in the University of Orlando Pirates.

Mabaaaatsheeeeeeeee

Up The Bhakaniyaz...
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 03:21 pm
Izikhothane zidla imali ya Motsepe kuphela......They don't care about winning in the field, they only care about shinning off the field.....Most of them wanted to play for Chiefs and few of them wanted to play for Pirates.......Let's hope they will save the club from relegation, if Sundowns does get relegated (not likely) all the players will not not be released to play for PSL clubs..they will all be playing in the NFD and getting paid more than players in the PSL......

All these players would sh*t bricks if they were playing for the Soweto Giants(Chiefs & Pirates).....Akudlalwa in this two teams winning is everything.....hence the log standing.
Makgoane
posted: 03:22 pm
It is about time, the players come to the party, soccer talk is so empty when the sun is going down on Downs. Every article that the editor posts on this site turn to be a battle for supremacy between Pirates and Chiefs fans, just like it will be the case shortly
Fela
posted: 03:23 pm
Will pray for you Masandawana...
The Downs
posted: 03:24 pm
Lovermore you are tired of running behind Zebras ass for stories and now you are telling us something that even the slow Gucci Man is well aware of.

hhayi ungazo spita la nnxxaa!
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 03:25 pm
These people won the league during the Transfer Season. They dont care about this one. Some bitter Orlando faith-fools are saying Sundowns are gonna be second on the log and Chiefs will be relegated.

Yaah neh
Njabzah Zuma (4-OPFC)
posted: 03:25 pm
League form??? Cup form??? Does Sundowns drop form when they play the league. My understanding is that the team is either on form or off form.
Baatile
posted: 03:27 pm
Lovemore Moyo: You again.

'...club boss Patrice Motsepe is aware of the sad reality that his team is already out of the League title race.'
'Despite their massive spend this season Sundowns will unfortunately have to forget about winning the League well before Christmas'
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Are these facts?
Bunttuu
posted: 03:28 pm
After the TKO final, the coach will be a history even if he wins the cup.
KGEE
posted: 03:29 pm
Mr Patrice why on earth dont you fire this coach Jahan Neeskens? Sundowns players are totally demotivated now under Neeskens, if a new coach with new ideas could come on board things could gradiually change! Neeskens has ran out of ideas now and I dont knoe why he does not throw on the towel too because Sundowns will never win a league game under his guidance. Even looking to his starting line-up its ###### up, how can you sacrifice Edward Manqele, Nyasha Mushekwi, Katlego Mphela and Richard Henyekane just for this Girrafe of a Goat Eleazar Rodgers? That boy can't even go pass a tree!
Happy Person
posted: 03:29 pm
I feel sorry for this team (Izikhothane FC)
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 03:31 pm
We know, just leave Downs alone.
Baatile
posted: 03:32 pm
@ Phefeni boy and Lovemore Moyo
'They don't care about winning in the field'
'...look for some consolation in the fact that have booked their place in the Final of the Telkom Knockout.'
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I rest my case!
Mbuzi
posted: 03:42 pm
They breaking all the wrong records, shem poor team
vhavhani
posted: 03:44 pm
I dont know what to say anymore! its paining very bad!
Masters of Transion football
posted: 03:46 pm
Great exponential escalation down to NFD for the BASEMENT DWELLERS hahahahaha
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