Maponyane also played for Wits University, which plays its last ever PSL game on Saturday

Marks: Why Downs dominate Chiefs, Bucs


Legendary striker Marks Maponyane has revealed what he believes is separating former African champions Mamelodi Sundowns from his former clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns are Absa Premiership defending champions and still stand a chance of winning a treble this season, while the two Soweto giants have been without silverware for quite some time now.

Maponyane was a deadly striker in his heyday who played for Chiefs throughout the 1980s and also for Pirates during the 1990s.

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'Go Man Go' says there are several factors that make Sundowns dominant over the Soweto giants, including the cash injection The Brazilians receive from their billionaire president Patrice Motsepe.

"I think Sundowns is dominating because they get a lot of exposure from the continental competition," Maponyane tells

"They are gelling [as a team] and they can afford to buy quality players because of the money they have and the resources they have.

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"But as for Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates, what I think of them, Kaizer Chiefs looked promising so far, they looked like they would win the league.

"One doesn't know whether they will still win it or not because Sundowns' pedigree has come out again. But Orlando Pirates have really not come to the party.

"And I'm sure there's too much pressure now to say we [Pirates] need to go back to where we belong, the days of the treble."

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