Register Login Live

Mamelodi Sundowns

Downs Spend Big For Trophies? Mosimane Hits Back!

Pitso Mosimane has hit back at critics who insist that Mamelodi Sundowns consistently win trophies because they have a big budget!

‘Jingles’ claimed an unprecedented record of five topflight titles in his seven years at Chloorkop, while the club finally registered what they have labelled ‘La Decima’ – a record tenth championship, which will enable them to add another star below their crest.

This was at the weekend when they pipped Kaizer Chiefs to the Absa Premiership trophy. 

Read: Pitso Lifts Lid On His Downs Contract Saga 

But the coach was quick to address his detractors, who’ve argued that Downs have an edge over their rivals because they have the deep pockets of owner and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and can “buy any player” they want.   

“What talks for me is the trophies. Sometimes when we win people say it’s because we can buy any player we can get,” Mosimane told journalists.

He argued that his predecessors were also backed by the board to recruit quality, but when he arrived Downs had not won a league title since 2007.  

Read: Ngele's New Club Revealed 

“Didn’t (Johan) Neeskens buy any player that he wants? Didn’t Hristo Stoichkov buy any player he wanted? I am the first one to buy? Didn’t Gordon Igesund buy? Didn’t all these coaches who were here before me at Sundowns buy? They bought more than me in fact – I bought less. I bought Mauricio Affonso and the boy from Polokwane City, Sammy Seabi. And where are they? All injured. This title is a sweet victory because it says I didn’t buy (Robert) Lewandowski to come score goals for me. I got Lebo Maboe and he only scored three goals this year, and I battled with Keletso (Makgalwa) and Ali Meza, you could see I was struggling with the strikers – but I make a plan,” the coach explained.  

“Everybody says Sundowns buy any player they want, who did we buy? We bought two, who were injured. The rest have been around. Look at other teams – they bought and imported. Let’s give credit to Mamelodi Sundowns, a team that has won the trophy against all odds – 13 points behind. You need mental strength to do that.”

Story by @superjourno 

Check out the list of EIGHT players joining Downs next season 


Players With Most Trophies Since 2000

Baroka Make Coach Decision After Securing Topflight Status

Finally! Downs Bag Long Term Target


Top 5

Khune In Bafana's 26-man Squad For Ghana & Sudan

267 Mar 04, 2021 12:02 PM in Bafana

Pirates’ First CAF Group Match Venue Confirmed   

9 Mar 04, 2021 08:57 AM in Orlando Pirates

12 Players Who Snubbed Europe For Africa

5 Mar 04, 2021 07:28 PM in African Football

Swallows Take Decision On Chiefs Target

81 Mar 04, 2021 12:53 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

12 Players Who Snubbed Europe For Africa

5 Mar 04, 2021 07:28 PM in African Football

Swallows Take Decision On Chiefs Target

81 Mar 04, 2021 12:53 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

'Killer' Mphela's Chiefs Dream Starting XI

25 Mar 05, 2021 11:03 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Man Of The Hour – Peep Makaringe’s German Ride Flexes

1 Mar 03, 2021 12:13 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Money Matters – The Most Economic Rides In The PSL

Mar 03, 2021 02:57 PM in Stars & Their Cars

20 Players Who Left Downs To Play Abroad

8 Mar 04, 2021 08:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Big Name PSL Players With Contracts Expiring

31 Mar 04, 2021 07:21 AM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Ivorian Striker To Force Exit, Pirates Move Pending?

19 Mar 04, 2021 10:23 AM in Orlando Pirates