Not many people have noticed, but Mamelodi Sundowns are quietly having a bad season. The PSL champions have been eliminated from the CAF champions league, the MTN 8 and have collected 14 from a possible 24 points in their league campaign.
#CAFCL Mamelodi Sundowns have been knocked out of the group stages of the CAF Champions League, with Horoya AC progressing through to the quarterfinals along with Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.
— EWN Sport (@EWNsport) August 28, 2018
Here are 10 reasons why Sundowns supporters should be concerned:
1. They are losing their best players every season
Percy Tau, Khama Billiat, Bongani Zungu, and Keagan Dolly are some of their best performing players they have lost over the last few seasons.
Selling your best players every year isn’t a good idea, especially if you want to win trophies. Then again, in the grander scheme of things if we want our country’s football to improve we must encourage the exportation of our most gifted talent.
It’s a lose-lose situation for Sundowns.
If they sell, they have to find talent on the same level but most of the time…
2. Their replacements aren’t as good
Mamelodi Sundowns aren’t just losing players-they are losing their most prized players.
This is how things work in the world of football; amazing talent is difficult to replace.
There are only so many good players you can buy and not many players are available in the market because…
3. Competing teams have the buying power
Gone are the days where Sundowns snatched every team’s best player and left them to rot on their bench.
Okay, this still happens, but not as often as it used to.
Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City are teams who invest plenty of their financial resources to their squads. Not only are Sundowns not having the pick of the litter but integrating new players every season isn’t good for team dynamic that is why…
4. Their recent form is bad
Sundowns have won three, lost three and drawn five of their last 11 games.
That’s poor and…
5. They aren’t scoring goals
In their last 11 games played they have only managed to score eight goals. That’s 0.72 goals per game.
6. Losing Sibusiso Vilakazi to a long-term injury doesn’t help
Sibusiso Vilakazi has ruptured his Achilles tendon. Sundowns have confirmed that he will be out for six months.
Vilakazi is a key player who could play behind the striker or a bit deeper in the midfield. His goals from those positions will be missed. Whilst in defence…
7. Rivaldo Coetzee is still injured
Well, he wasn’t when he featured for the first time in over a year during the Multichoice Diski Challenge festival in Hammarsdale, KZN last month. But his official debut for Downs is set back by another hamstring injury. In other news…
8. Andile Jali has domestic problems
Jali spent Monday night at the Pretoria East police station and was released on bail on Tuesday morning after making a brief appearance in court on a charge of domestic violence.
Jali is Downs’ best midfielder. His issues off the field might affect his performance on it.
9. Pitso Mosimane looks tired
Pitso looks exhausted.
10. I’ll leave this one up to you
What other problems do you see at Sundowns? Please comment down below. Also, do me a favour a share this with Mamelodi Sundowns supporters I want to know if they agree with me or not.