Why Mamelodi Sundowns Great Daniel 'Mambush' Mudau Slapped Charles Motlohi After 2001 BP Top Eight Final

Why Mamelodi Sundowns Great Daniel 'Mambush' Mudau Slapped Charles Motlohi After 2001 BP Top Eight Final

Keba Mothoagae
March 18, 2023 at 11:50 AM
  • The 2001 BP Top Eight final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs is one for the history books
  • The Amakhosi pipped their cup rivals in yet another decider in what had become a familiar story
  • The match, however, will be remembered for an unsavoury incident between the legendary Daniel 'Mambush' Mudau and Charles Motlohi

It remains the slap that was heard around South Africa.

Mamelodi Sundowns legend Daniel 'Mambush' Mudau assaulted teammate Charles Motlohi following another crushing final defeat to Kaizer Chiefs; this time in the 2001 BP Top Eight decider.

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Mamelodi Sundowns teammates Charles Motlohi and Daniel 'Mambush' Mudau fell out after the 2001 BP Top Eight final. Image source: Soccer Laduma and TimesLIVE.
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Former footballer Sipho Nunens has revealed what truly happened that infamous day, saying according to The Citizen:

"You know what happened is that when they had to take penalties, Charles refused and (Michael) Manzini had to step up. But he was injured and he missed it. That is when Charles made a comment and said, ‘this Shangaan boy has cost us’.

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"That is when Mambush (Mudau) got angry because he was in good condition to take the penalty but he had refused. And now he is saying, ‘this Shangaaan is costing us’. That is when he slapped him.”

Having been charged by the Premier Soccer League for the incident, a remorseful Mudau went on to apologise unreservedly for hitting Motlohi.

He said:

"I had no right to behave in that manner, I apologise to youngsters who regard me as a role model, PSL sponsors, Sundowns management and mates. I also apologised to Charles in the dressing room."

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