Mamelodi Sundowns players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Mamelodi Sundowns players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM

The Mamelodi Sundowns players are part of the best teams in Africa. Did you know Mamelodi Sundowns players clinched their 11th Premier Soccer League title last year? Earlier in 2016, the club also took home Africa's most prestigious cup after winning 3–1 from Zamalek to secure their first CAF Champions League.

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Mamelodi Sundowns is a professional football club located in Mamelodi, Pretoria, in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The heavyweights are South Africa's most decorated club in matters of national league titles.

Mamelodi Sundowns profile summary

  • Full name: Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club
  • Nickname(s): The Brazilians
  • Short name: Sundowns, SUN
  • Founded: 1970; 52 years ago
  • Ground: Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium
  • Capacity: 28,900
  • Owner: Patrice Motsepe
  • Chairman: Tlhopie Motsepe
  • Head coach: Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena
  • Twitter: @Masandawana
  • Facebook: @sundownsfc
  • Instagram: sundownsfc
  • Networth: €23.38 million

In 2021 the Mamelodi Sundowns women's team also carried home the trophy, becoming the first African club to ever win both CAF Champions League and CAF Women's Champions League titles.

Mamelodi Sundowns players

For decades the club has been topping the list of the best squad in the PSL, with stars from all over the world. It currently has a squad size of 36, with 16 being national team players and 9 foreigners. Andile Jali is the Mamelodi Sundowns captain, and the following are the top team's current players.


  • Denis Onyango
  • Ricardo Goss
  • Reyaad Pieterse
  • Kennedy Mweene


  • Mosa Lebusa
  • Rushine De Reuck
  • Grant Kekana
  • Ricardo Nascimento
  • Brian Onyango
  • Lyle Lakay
  • Divine Lunga
  • Thapelo Morena
  • Khuliso Mudau


  • Andile Jali
  • Rivaldo Coetzee
  • Mothobi Mvala
  • Teboho Mokoena
  • George Maluleka
  • Erwin Saavedra
  • Aubrey Modiba
  • Sibusiso Vilakazi
  • Haashim Domingo
  • Neo Maema
  • Sphelele Mkhulise


  • Themba Zwane
  • Bradley Ralani
  • Promise Mkhuma
  • Pule Maraisane
  • Lebohang Maboe
  • Gastón Sirino


  • Gift Motupa
  • Peter Shalulile
  • Pavol Safranko
  • Thabiso Kutumela
  • Kermit Erasmus
  • Lesedi Kapinga

Mamelodi Sundowns FC achievements

Mamelodi Sundowns players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings
Hlompho Kekana of Sundowns (R) vies with Maroof Yusuf of Zamalek during the CAF2016 Champions league match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Pretoria. Photo: Stringer/ AFP
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The Brazilians have clinched the Premier League title eleven record times from 1996. They also hold the three National Soccer League Championships joint record, becoming South Africa's most successful football club in the modern era. In total, Mamelodi Sundowns FC trophies are over 28. They include:

  • 11 Premier Soccer League: Winners 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21

3 Runners-up: 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016-17

  • 3 National Soccer League: Winners: 1988, 1989–90, 1992–93

2 Runners-up: 1990–91, 1994–95

  • 5 Nedbank Cup: Winners 1986, 1998, 2008, 2014–15, 2019–20

5 Runners-up: 1989, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2011–12

  • 4 Telkom Knockout: Winners 1990, 1999, 2015, 2019

4 Runners-up: 1997, 1998, 2007, 2012

  • 4 MTN 8: Winners 1988, 1990, 2007, 2021

6 Runners-up: 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2016

  • African CAF Champions League: Winners: 2016

Runners-up: 2001

Mamelodi Sundowns FC stadium

They host their home matches at Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe Stadium, which is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 28,900. It is situated in Atteridgeville, a township in Pretoria, South Africa. The stadium was named after Lucas Moripe, a former South African soccer player.

Mamelodi Sundowns owner

Mamelodi Sundowns players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings
Egypt's Mohamed Salah receives his medal from Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final soccer match Photo: Ayman Aref
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Sundowns is owned by South African business guru Patrice Motsepe. He was born on 28 January 1962, and he is also a South African mining billionaire businessman.

The billionaire has also been serving as the Confederation of African Football's President since March 2021. Mamelodi Sundowns coaches include Steve Komphela, Rulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi.

Mamelodi Sundowns legends

With the club's dominance in South African football and international, some of the Mamelodi Sundowns players developed to become club legends. Some of them include the Zimbabwean Esrom Nyandoro, who joined in 2004 and became the PSL Club Rookie of the Year after his first season. Other legends include Alje Schut and Teko Modise.

The Clubs history

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club first started from Marabastad, a northwest part of Pretoria. Originally, the club was formed in the early 1960s by a group of friends, among them being Joey Lawrence, Reginald Hartze and Bernard Hartze. In 1970 is when it became an official football club.

Why is Mamelodi Sundowns dubbed The Brazilians?

The heavyweights are called the Brazilians because of their yellow and blue kits, which resemble the Brazil national team official kit as well as their mode of play.

Social media presence

Mamelodi Sundowns FC Instagram is sundownsfc. As of February 2022 they have 353k followers. Their other social media accounts include Facebook and Twitter.

When did Mamelodi Sundowns win the CAF Champions League?

Mamelodi Sundowns players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrates after winning the CAF Champions League in 2016.
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The Brazilians won the champion league in 2016 after a thrilling match against Zamalek, where they won 3 to 1. Five years later, their women's team won the CAF Women's Champions, making Sundowns the first African club to win both CAF Champions League and CAF Women's Champions League titles.

Mamelodi Sundowns management

The club achievement has been attributed to the amazing management it has. They include:

Club's Chairman

  • Mr Tlhopane Motsepe

Club's Directors

  • Dr Rejoice Simelane
  • Mr Freddy Greaver
  • Adv Andrew Matube
  • Mr Andre Wilkens
  • Mr Sandile Langa
  • Mr Stanley Mabulu

Mamelodi Sundowns FC net worth

The Brazilians are valued at over €23.38 million on the current market value, making it one of the most valuable clubs in Africa by market value. Currently, it has a transfer record of over $794,520 with 25% of the squad being foreigners.

Mamelodi Sundowns FC world ranking

Currently, in 2022, the club is ranked at position 128 worldwide, 3 in Africa and the best club in South Africa. The team is also still leading in the South African Premier Division, showing its flaws with over 17 points ahead of the second positioned Orlando Pirates.

Mamelodi Sundowns players are renowned for the "Shoe Shine & Piano" distinctive method of play, which comprises of compounding short but quick passes to resemble the Spanish Tiki-taka. The style has also today been reflected in the youth team as well as the Women's football team.

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Kenneth Mwenda
Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.