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history

Mamelodi Sundowns trace their history back to Marabastad, a multiracial neighbourhood on the north-west edge of Pretoria’s city that - like the famous Sophiatown in Johannesburg and District Six in Cape Town - was the scene of forced removals in the 1960s.

Marabastad Sundowns was formed by Ingle Singh in the early 1960s. Early players included future Orlando Pirates star Bernard ‘Dancing Shoes’ Hartze, Frank ‘ABC’ Motsepe - current owner Patrice’s father - Joey Lawrence and Smiley Moosa, the older brother of Zane Moosa.

The club joined the Federation Professional League in 1973, and were losing finalists to Berea Park in the Cup that season. When some of the Fed clubs joined clubs from the (black) NPSL and the (white) NFL to form the multi-racial NPSL Castle League in 1978, the competition proved too stiff and Sundowns found themselves in the second division.

As they continued to struggle, to the east, a club called Mamelodi United was holding its own in the top-flight. If you can’t beat them, join them – and Sundowns did this, moving home to ‘Mams’.

In 1982, now named Mamelodi Sundowns, they won ... READ MORE ->

squad

goalkeepers

Denis Onyango

Age: 34

Nationality: Uganda

Jersey number: 14

Kennedy Mweene

Age: 34

Nationality: Zambia

Jersey number: 1

defenders

Ricardo Nascimento

Age: 32

Nationality: Brazil

Jersey number: 3

Tebogo Langerman

Age: 33

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 4

Wayne Arendse

Age: 34

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 6

Anele Ngcongca

Age: 31

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 16

Bangaly Soumahoro

Age: 28

Nationality: Ivory Coast

Jersey number: 29

Motjeka Modisha

Age: 24

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 32

midfielders

Andile Jali

Age: 29

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 5

Hlompho Kekana

Age: 34

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 8

Tiyani Mabunda

Age: 31

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 13

Lucky Mohomi

Age: 28

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 15

Themba Zwane

Age: 29

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 18

Oupa Manyisa

Age: 31

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 20

Lyle Lakay

Age: 27

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 23

Thapelo Morena

Age: 25

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 27

forwards

Ali Meza

Age: 28

Nationality: Venezuela

Jersey number: 7

Sibusiso Vilakazi

Age: 29

Nationality: South Africa

Jersey number: 11

Mauricio Affonso

Age: 27

Nationality: Uruguay

Jersey number: 9

Gaston Sirino

Age: 28

Nationality: Uruguay

Jersey number: 26

Anthony Laffor

Age: 34

Nationality: Liberian

Jersey number: 28