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Patrice Motsepe's lack of success at Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 20 August 2013 Time: 11:10

This year marks a decade since Patrice Motsepe took over ownership of Mamelodi Sundowns, but his multi-million-rand investment has so far only yielded four trophies – all won in the first half of his reign.

When the mining magnate took over in 2003, he wanted to build a team that would dominate Africa and the CAF Champions League became a ‘holy grail’.

But 10 years, 11 coaches and millions of wasted rands later and the fans have become disillusioned.

It is frightening to think that the last five years of the Tsichlas reign yielded more success than Motsepe’s entire tenure. Between 1997 and 2002, under the Tsichlas family, the Brazilians won three League titles in a row, the Bob Save Super Bowl in 1998, the Rothmans Cup in 1999, and were runners up in the 2001 Champions League.

KickOff.com takes a look at Sundowns’ coaches under Motsepe, the best and worst players, honours, and League positions.

Djalma Cavalcante (November 2002-February 2003)
When Motsepe bought the club, Calvacante was the coach. The Brazilian was in charge for 14 matches before being replaced by Roger Feutmba as a caretaker until the end of the season.

Oscar Fullone (June-November 2003)
The Argentine joined Downs having won the 1997 and 1998 Champions League with Asec Abidjan of Ivory Coast and Moroccan side Raja Casablanca. But Fullone disappointed Motsepe when he won just one in seven League matches before getting fired and replaced by Khabo Zondo, who took over on interim basis.

Paul Dolezar (January 2004-January 2005)
Dolezar joined Sundowns in the second half of the 2003/04 season and finished outside the top eight. Players like Brian Baloyi were brought in to add more experience, but after getting knocked out in the second round of the Coca-Cola Cup by Wits, Dolezar was shown the door.

Angel Cappa (January-December 2005)
The former Real Madrid assistant coach started the 2005/06 season on a high. His team looked well on their way to winning the League, but in a move that shocked domestic football, Cappa stepped down from his post, stating “private and personal problems” as the reasons.

Miguel Gamondi & Neil Tovey (co-coaches, December 2005-October 2006)
Following the departure of Cappa, Downs appointed Neil Tovey and Miguel Gamondi as co-coaches and won the League title. But only five matches into the 2006/07 season, they were sacked after three draws in one loss in five matches.

Gordon Igesund (October 06-February 08)
Igesund became the first coach to win four League titles with four different clubs when he helped Sundowns defend their title. He also helped them win the SAA Supa 8, but after failing to win the Champions League on two occasions he was sacked. Trott Moloto took charge on an interim basis between February 2008 until the arrival of Henri Michel in November.

Henri Michel (November 08–March 09)
The short-tempered Frenchman was forced to leave Sundowns by a mob of angry supporters, having spent just four months at the club. After losing 4-1 to SuperSport United, Michel had to be escorted out of the stadium by police. Ted Dumitru was appointed to take over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Hristo Stoitchkov (July 09-March 10)
The Bulgarian signed one-year contract, and a few months before the end of the season he demanded that the club renew his contract on the basis that he had done well. But with Sundowns lying second and dissatisfied with the season, management refused to come to the negotiation table. Stoitchkov resigned and Moloto took over from March until the end of the season.

Antonio Lopez Habas (July 10-February 11)
Lopez Habas arrived at Downs as Stoitchkov’s assistant and took over as head coach the following season. He resigned in February 2011 after reportedly receiving death threats. Ian Gorowa took over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Johan Neeskens (July 11-December 12)
The former Barcelona assistant coach was handed a five-year contract on his arrival. The club finished fourth and runner-up in the Nedbank Cup, but Motsepe supported Neeskens despite mounting pressure from supporters. But with the club in the relegation zone and players showing no commitment, the Dutchman was finally let go with a reported payout of R20-million to make way for Pitso Mosimane.

Pitso Mosimane (December 2012-current)
Mosimane had long been linked with the job, but could not join the team as he was still head coach of Bafana Bafana. When 'Jingles' finally got axed towards the end of last year, it paved the way for him to move to Chloorkop.

Esrom Nyandoro
Siake Tiene
Surprise Moriri
Teko Modise
Andre Arendse
Godfrey Sapula
Clement Mazibuko
Jose Torrealba
Brian Baloyi
Katlego Mphela

Peter Ndlovu
Collins Mbesuma
Rafael Dudamel
Vicente Principiano
Lungisani Ndlela
Benedict Vilakazi
Tyren Arendse
Gbolahan Salami
Thapelo Tshilo
Innocent Mdledle

League champions: 2005/06 & 2006/07
SAA Supa 8: 2007
Nedbank Cup: 2008

2002/03: 10
2003/04: 10
2004/05: 3
2005/06: 1
2006/07: 1
2007/08: 4
2008/09: 9
2009/10: 2
2010/11: 4
2011/12: 4
2012/13: 9

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:17 am
so wat?
Champ Joe Banana
posted: 11:18 am
so what?
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 11:18 am
The decade can be best summarised a the one of failure & illusion like that notorious beautiful lady that never came.
posted: 11:20 am
what weed do you smoke Zola,,,classifying Peter Ndlovu as an under-achiever
Sir eeeemzaa walikhosi
posted: 11:20 am
The only team that has players which are more than its supporters

Sundowns is already on a 5th year without a trophy...

...that's better compared to Pierats record breaking 8 years(2011-2013) without a cup/trophy/silverware

k4l : let's hear
Champ Joe Banana
posted: 11:21 am
KO can feed you crap sumtyms...nxa!
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 11:21 am
What is the meaning of this? Zola Doda, we know all this,why don't you start by putting your CV for all of us here to read through? Kaizer Motaung is Bra K or Chincha Guluva to you and Irvin Khoza is Dr khoza or Iron Duke, but when coming to Mr Patrice Motsepe he's just Motsepe....show respect boy.

Remove this stupid article, bloody agent...
posted: 11:22 am
worst signing ... zuma,lafox
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 11:24 am
Kick Off, please for today, let this Zola , write stories about all PSL 16 teams' decade performance.
Champ Joe Banana
posted: 11:25 am
posted: 11:20 am | Report
what weed do you smoke Zola,,,classifying Peter Ndlovu as an under-achiever
hai i dont know who between the two of you was smokin what.... so how do you classify ndlovu if i may ask?
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 11:27 am
KO, show some respect for the man. You have thousands of pictures to choose from but you opted for one where Mr. Motsepe eqhunsuza amehlo sengathi ufuna ukusuza.

You can only post any picture of Yeye because "he does not look good" Pitso.
Iniesta Manyisa
posted: 11:27 am
still learning curve, signclowns must understand. Where is Mambush and his chesa mpama?????????????
posted: 11:28 am
Last 11 season
Chiefs: 12 titles
Rats : 7 titles
Dunusa : 4 titles
posted: 11:28 am
Mbesuma?@ Downs??! Which season??
posted: 11:29 am
Zola u can write all the negative things u like about sundowns 2 impress chiefs n pirates fans bt it won't change the price of bread ... Go research more negativity n keep posting
posted: 11:29 am
A better pic than this one please editor.
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 11:29 am
Pirates articles read as such. Khoza's faith in De Sa pays off, even though this De Sa won nothing but lost all trophies they had. Why not write Motsepe's faith in Mosimane pays off, cause indeed it really pay off. Mosimane took them out of relegation.

Im a KC fan but also a football fan....stop this bias journalism .
keyza soze
posted: 11:30 am
Mdledle the worse? While ther likes of Manqeles
posted: 11:30 am
I like this picture.lol
Champ Joe Banana
posted: 11:31 am
the two arrows behind motsepevic says it all... its a one-way free fall, we all know that. why vele must KO tell us what everyone else in mzansi knows? its like telling us that the sky is blue...YAWN..!
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