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Edition 5. Welcome to the fifth and final edition of the Mamelodi Sundowns Magazine for 2022! It has been such a busy and exciting year for your team in yellow, I struggled to include all of the amazing moments that we shared over the past few months (luckily, they are all captured in the pages to follow!).
Gamers Rejoice as Mamelodi Sundowns Joins FIFA 23
Only a handful of brands in history become so popular that they earn the right to be considered a cultural phenomenon. Notable names such as Jordan, MTV and Apple are examples of products that captivated consumers and revolutionised industries. When one thinks of a cultural phenomenon in the video gaming ...
Exclusive Interview: Rulani Reflects on His New Role
Coach Rulani Speaks on the Team Adjusting to the Changes. Fresh from his first week as the newly appointed Head Coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, Rulani Mokwena sat down with Masandawana’s Digital Magazine crew and gave us an exclusive interview on the challenges ...
Celebrating a Living Legend, Hlompho Kekana
Former Mamelodi Sundowns captain, Hlompho Kekana, affectionately known as “KK” does not need an introduction. With eight trophies under his belt (six of which he won with Masandawana, and the other two with their hometown rivals, SuperSport United), the retired footballer is the most decorated captain in ...
The King of the Midfield: Themba Zwane
The New Kid on the Block: Cassius Mailula
While growing up, Cassius Mailula’s big dream was to share the pitch with Mamelodi Sundowns legend, Themba Zwane. The youngster’s wish was granted when he came on as a 70th-minute substitute against Chippa United during a DSTV Premiership match in September. The promising 21-year-old footballer is part ...
Bongani Zungu: There's No Place Like Home
After spending six years in Europe, Bongani Zungu is back at Mamelodi Sundowns. The midfield maestro was unveiled in front of a packed Loftus Stadium ahead of The Brazilians’ clash against Kaizer Chiefs. The 30-year-old made his PSL debut during the 2012/13 season and played 20 matches for the University of Pretoria ...
Ronwen Reminisces on the FIFA World Cup
There are countless reasons to be excited ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. From the quality of the skills that footballers will display to the thrills-and-spills of gruelling contests, the competition has always delivered ripples of excitement. This year’s edition in Qatar is poised to produce long-lasting legacies and memories.
2022/23 New Signings: Zungu, Williams & Mashego
Bongani Zungu, Ronwen Williams & Terrence Mashego
Terrence Mashego Tips Senegal to Surprise
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be historic for the African continent as all five representatives will be handled by homegrown coaches. Could Africa deliver something special in the Middle East? Terrance Mashego who recently completed a move to Mamelodi Sundowns believes the continent is on the brink of defying the ...
Asking Abubeker Nasir #AskNasir
Mamelodi Sundowns supporters were afforded the opportunity to ask newly signed striker Abubeker Nasir anything since his arrival at the club. The Digital Magazine crew took your questions, submitted through social media, and caught up with the Ethiopian player who addressed all your Yellow Nation’s burning questions.
The Champions Charity Cup: Celebrating Our Best Caregivers
Mamelodi Sundowns Foundation has started an initiative that recognises community-based organisations in South Africa by launching the Annual Champions Charity Cup (CCC) to celebrate the International Day of Charity which took place on the 5th September 2022. This is an initiative driven and undertaken by the club ...
Sharing the Spoils of Our Success
How Winning The Nedbank Cup Was a Victory for Soshanguve Secondary School. As Masandawana clinched the 2021/22 Nedbank Cup, the club was given the opportunity to handover a multipurpose sports court to a selected school. As winners of last season’s edition (2020/21), the team ...
Building a Bond with the Yellow Nation
In our last issue, Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club Chairman, Tlhopie Motsepe, underlined the desire of the club to increase engagements with the 12th player in the team, our highly esteemed supporters, during the course of the season. Thus far, The Brazilians have been strategic and intentional in strengthening its ...
Training Day: When Cassper Came to Chloorkop
After exciting spectators at the Mamelodi Sundowns Supporter Appreciation Day earlier this year, Refiloe Maele Phoolo, popularly known as Cassper Nyovest, linked up with the reigning PSL champions in September for a very special training session with the Brazilians of Mzansi. The award-winning South African musician ...
Just "Juice": Marvellous Banbanani Mbane
‘Netting a treble’ is a caption often reserved for strikers or attacking midfielders. However, not every defender has such a statistic appended to their resume. Except if you are called Bambanani ‘Juice’ Mbane. The Eastern Cape-born defender achieved that incredible feat while playing for ...
Boutouil Backs Morocco to Make History in Qatar
Morocco are heading into the 2022 FIFA World Cup as one of Africa's great hopes, with the North Africans and Senegal deemed as two of the nations capable of making history for the continent due to an impressive crop of players emerging within their respective countries. Mamelodi Sundowns' latest signing, Abdelmounaim ...
2022/23 New Signings: Boutouil, Allende & Mbule
Abdelmounaim Boutouil, Marcelo Allende & Sipho Mbule
Marcelo Allende Tips South Americans to Break European Domination in Qatar
Only two continents have ever won the FIFA World Cup: Europe and South America. In fact, of the 21 editions of the global football showpiece, European countries have been finalists in 19 of them. Of the eight countries to have lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy, three have been from the CONMEBOL region - Argentina, Brazil, ...
Mental Health: Coach Steve Komphela Urges Players to Open Up
Mental health issues have always been a challenge for many athletes, yet only a few have come out publicly to share their struggles. This topic triggered a global discussion only after a handful of prominent international athletes laid bare their battles with anxiety and depression. It is common knowledge that ...
A Modern Approach: Coach Rulani Mokwena's Outlook on the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup
Modern football coaches have introduced new philosophies that have been adopted by some of the world's best-performing football clubs. With international squads such as England and Germany being led by relatively young coaches, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is likely to be a spectacle of world-class football.
Sundowns Stalwards Who Played on Soccer's Biggest Stage
Since South Africa’s re-admission to international football, Mamelodi Sundowns have always had a history of providing Bafana Bafana and other national teams with quality players. During South Africa’s first international match against Cameroon in July 1992; three players in the starting lineup – Mark Anderson, ...
Manqoba Mngqithi Picks His World Cup Favourites
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Senior Coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes that it is a good omen that the five nations who will be representing Africa at the FIFA World Cup this year are led by local coaches. Cameroon’s Rigobert Song, Otto Addo of Ghana, Moroccan Walid Regragui, Aliou Cissé of Senegal and Tunisia’s Jalel Kadri not ...
Coach Wendell's World Cup Goalkeepers
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper coach, Wendell Robinson, shares with the Digital Magazine crew everything about the game’s last line of defence as he weighs in on the offerings at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Goalkeeping is one of the most underrated positions in football and, at times, can be a thankless job too.
Quiz: Are You A FIFA World Cup Fanatic?
Test your knowledge on the African teams participating in Qatar. Five African teams will be at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar - Senegal, Morocco, Cameroon, Ghana and Tunisia. How clued up are you on the performance of African teams and players at the biggest football event in the World?
Bafana/Banyana Ba Style Select Their FIFA World Cup Squads! Who Will Come Out On Top?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is upon us and everyone who loves the game of football will be looking forward to it during the months of November and December. Mamelodi Sundowns players have weighed in on who they think will come out guns blazing, which group is the toughest and the youngsters who will step ...
Fun FIFA World Cup Facts
Will the Danish National Team Conquer Qatar?
Mamelodi Sundowns’ sporting director, Flemming Berg, has earned his esteemed reputation in the world of football. The Danish national rose to prominence while serving his country’s Football Association as Head of Elite Football Development for seven years. During his prosperous tenure, the veteran football scout saw ...
Behind the Scenes: FIFA World Cup Celebrations with Sundowns
Dr Carl Tabane Heads to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Official Team Medical Doctor, Dr. Carl Tabane will be heading to Qatar for the upcoming 2022 World Cup. Dr. Tabane was invited in April by the FIFA Medical Centre to go work at the World Cup, and after going through a successful interview process it has been confirmed that he will be working as the ...
Edition 5. To play this game, make sure each of the eight blocks contains all the letters in MHKULISE. Ensure that each letter appears ONLY ONCE in a box, column, or row.
Learn the Masandawana Songs
The Yellow Nation are known across the country and the continent for being the most vocal supporters and cheering on their team through thick and thin! As we continue to fill up our grandstands, learn some of our most famous songs so that you can join the singing at our next match!
Celebrity Vs. Supporter
Edition 5. Celebrity vs Supporter is back for the latest edition! In this edition we have South African musician Theo Kgosinkwe taking on Sandawana supporter Josi ‘Bling’ Kokoana! Read below as we pit two members of the yellow nation against one another to see who comes out on top! Who do you think reigned supreme?
Find the Drum
Edition 5. Every game the Yellow Nation comes together to sing as one voice and cheer Bafana Ba Style to glory with the iconic drum beat! Ensure that the beat lives on & find the three drums hidden in each of the images below!
Score the Goal
Edition 5. Masandawana we need your help assisting Peter Shalulile so that we can get the ball into the back of the net! Trace the ball from start to finish and let's score the match winning goal!
Edition 5. How many of your favourite players from our MENS Team can you find? Good luck!
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 | Road to the Final
Mamelodi Sundowns Fixtures Until May 2023
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Celebrating his goal during the 2022 MTN8 match against Supersport United at Tuks Stadium, Pretoria
THE DIGITAL MAGAZINE CREW TOOK YOUR QUESTIONS, SUBMITTED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, AND CAUGHT UP WITH THE ETHIOPIAN PLAYER WHO ADDRESSED ALL YOUR YELLOW NATION’S BURNING QUESTIONS.
Which trophies and awards do you want to achieve this year?
With the help of my teammates, I would like to win the most prestigious trophy, which is the CAF African Champions league and also the DSTV Premiership.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m always working on improving myself daily but in the next 5 years, if I work hard, and achieve what's required from my side with the help of the coaching team and the players, I would like to play in Europe. But right now, my focus is on working hard and delivering results for Sundowns.
Can you describe the moment when you scored your debut goal against Kaizer Chiefs for us?
I was extremely happy to score my first goal for Sundowns during such a big match, in my mind I knew I was pleasing the fans and also making my family and friends happy. They have all contributed to my success.
What do you think about Sundowns fans so far?
Since I arrived at the club, the welcome and the treatment I got from the fans has been amazing. I would like to thank you all for your constant support.
How long did it take you to adjust to the coaches' techniques/ different ways of coaching?
It took shorter than expected. I thought it was going to be difficult, but the coaching team and the players have made it easier to adjust in South Africa. The club has been welcoming and has made me feel at home. I would like to thank the club for this opportunity.
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Celebrating his debut goal during the match against Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium
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What made you sign with Sundowns because you’re so good that I think it was not only Sundowns who were chasing your signature?
Even though there were a few teams that approached me, the fact that Sundowns is one of the best teams in Africa made my decision easier. Sundowns is a Champions league winning team with ambitions to continuously conquer the continent.
What’s the worst thing to ever happen to you and how did you overcome it?
Before I signed for Sundowns, there was quite a bit of concern raised from family, friends and fans whether I had signed for a team. I was put under quite a bit of pressure and had to overcome it by staying mentally strong and trusting the process.
How did you make it pro and do you have any advice for the next generation?
I managed to achieve pro soccer through discipline and focus, my previous coaches have also played a pivotal role in developing my career. My advice to the next generation is to put their heads down and focus on their goals and of course give it their best shot.
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How many goals and assists are you planning to have as your target for the season?
This season I would like to score more than ten goals and provide as many assists as possible. Unfortunately, due to my injury I haven't been able to play many games.
Nasir celebrates with Head Coach Rulani Mokwena during a MTN8 match
How are you finding life in the South African league and outside?
It is my first time playing abroad, away from home. It has its own challenges but being far from family and friends is the most difficult one.
What is it that you want to accomplish in our league and how would you like to be remembered if you ever leave our country?
I would like to be remembered as a player who did his best in contributing to the club and as someone who was a positive influence and a good example to the youth.
How hard are you working to be in Sundowns’ best 11?
Sundowns has many quality players and I must work extra hard to prove myself to be selected in the starting line up.
What keeps you going when you are feeling down? Any songs that remind you of your childhood?
Either way, when I am feeling down or happy, I normally offer a Dua during prayer, everything I do is in connection with Allah (God).
Nasir celebrating his goal with team mates
What do you think about the standard of the Ethiopian league compared to South Africa? And what African language would you like to learn ASAP?
The league in South Africa is different in terms of the level of competition, the facilities that are available and the standard of the playing fields. South Africa is lovely. I would like to learn a local language, like Zulu, so that it will help me communicate better with South Africans.
How do you find the culture at Sundowns and how is it different compared to other teams that you’ve played for before?
The coaching team and players (both seniors and juniors) have an amazing culture of respect. Everyone is committed and focused in terms of the level of work required to achieve our objectives which helps us improve our performance daily but when it's time to relax and have fun, everyone has a good sense of humor in the team.