Downs’ 40+ stars in 2018/19


As Mamelodi Sundowns juggled both domestic and continental football, a select few players played 40 or more matches in one campaign.

Captain Hlompho Kekana made the most appearances for the club this past season, featuring 49 times in all competitions as Sundowns played in two different CAF Champions League, as well as the four domestic competitions in the PSL.

The 33-year-old midfielder, who keeps getting better with age, made 29 appearances in the Absa Premiership, 14 in the Champions League, two in the MTN8, one in the Telkom Knockout and came on as a substitute in Sundowns’ only Nedbank Cup match against Chippa United. Kekana also featured in Sundowns’ last two Champions League group matches in the 2018 campaign, against Wydad Casablanca and Horoya last August.

Another player who played 49 matches this season is Lebohang Maboe, who joined Sundowns from Maritzburg United at the start of the campaign.

The 24-year-old started 26 matches in the league and came on as a substitute once. He started all of Sundowns’ 14 matches in the 2018/19 Champions League.

He started two matches in the MTN8 and came on as substitute once, while he featured in two of the club’s matches in the Telkom Knockout. He came on as a substitute in the Nedbank Cup against Chippa. Maboe also featured in Sundowns’ 2018 Champions League group stage campaign against Wydad and Horoya.

In his debut campaign with the Brazilians, Lyle Lakay played 44 matches in all competitions. Themba Zwane made 43 appearances, while Sirino was on the pitch 42 times for the champions. Zwane and Sirino's appearances include the 2018 Champions League group campaign.