Ex-Mamelodi Sundowns players haunting the Pretoria giants this season
Posted: 30 October 2017 Time: 14:30
Just eight games into the new domestic season, it seems Mamelodi Sundowns are being haunted by their former stars as their difficult run this campaign continued this past weekend.
Of those eight games, five have already ended in defeat, with three of those losses a result of former Masandawana players getting one over the club.
It was the Rodney Ramagalela show just three games into the new season as Polokwane City recorded a surprise 2-1 win over The Brazilians at the end of August. Ramagalela, who netted four goals across two seasons spent with Downs, opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break, before his sublime goal-of-the-season contender midway through the second half resulted in a first league loss of the 2017/18 campaign for the CAF Champions League holders.
Two months later and another old boy would prove the difference in a league match, as Mabhuti Khenyeza inflicted a painful blow to Masandawana hearts three minutes from time, beating an onrushing Razak Brimah to the ball to slot home and secure a shock 2-1 win for AmaZulu over their more-fancied rivals.
Khenyeza had scored 12 goals in 46 starts for Downs in his three years with the club between 2009 and 2012.
If six costly points lost at the hands of their former players wasn’t enough, ex-player Samuel Julies ensured Sundowns will finish 2017 without a domestic trophy to their name after netting the winner in Sunday’s Telkom Knockout Last 16 defeat to Chippa United.
A minute after coming on as a substitute, Julies – who had joined the Chilli Boys from Sundowns at the start of the season, having made just eight first team appearances for Downs since his debut in the 2011/12 campaign – poked home at the far post, his effort proving the difference in a 1-0 victory for the Port Elizabeth club.
A league match-up against Orlando Pirates is up next for Pitso Mosimane and his men, where old boy Musa Nyatama – fortunately for Downs – is injured, yet ex-gloveman Wayne Sandilands is up against his former club for the first time as he looks to keep his former friends at bay.
Thereafter it’s a clash against defending league champions Bidvest Wits, before Downs once again face off against Chippa. No doubt they’ll be keeping a closer eye on Julies, while not forgetting that another old boy Kurt Lentjies still has goal-scoring prowess in his boots.