Keagan Dolly was the first member of the renowned 'CBD' to leave halfway through last season, when he joined French Ligue 1 side Montpellier. Colombian striker Castro will join Amakhosi in January after a difficult last season-and-a-half with Sundowns.
Now there’s just Khama Billiat left and he could leave the club at the end of the season, though coach Pitso Mosimane remains hopeful the Zimbabwean attacker will renew his deal with the club. But no matter what happens with Billiat, Sundowns supporters will be left with some great memories of a partnership that inspired the side to a record points tally of 71 points when they lifted the Absa Premiership title in 2015/16, as well as the Telkom Knockout. To this very day, there are supporters who proudly wear t-shirts with the faces of the CBD printed on the front, even though the partnership is no more.
They were untouchable in attack during that season Sundowns won the domestic league and cup double, making life difficult for defenders because of how well they knew each other on and off the pitch. During that unforgettable season, they scored a combined 39 goals in all competitions. Both Castro and Billiat scored 15 while Dolly bagged nine.
Billiat’s season has been hampered by injury, as well as the uncertainty of his future, but he remains a key player in the squad and gives his best whenever he is on the pitch.
Sundowns, though, have done well to replace the trio, showing that they do not rely heavily on a certain group of players. Percy Tau has taken over as the side’s main man in attack and is supported by the likes of Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi. Mosimane can also call on others such as Anthony Laffor, Yannick Zakri, Thokozani Sekotlong and George Lebese, who is still finding his feet at Chloorkop.
It’s a chance for the players who are still with the club to form a partnership that will forever be remembered by supporters.