Mamelodi Sundowns’ Continental Dominance Good for Bafana Bafana Says Former Kaizer Chiefs Player

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Continental Dominance Good for Bafana Bafana Says Former Kaizer Chiefs Player

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 27, 2023 at 3:59 PM
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  • Mamelodi Sundowns are well-positioned in the CAF Champions League group
  • Rulani Mokwena's team have had a successful year topped by the AFL victory
  • The bulk of Hugo Broos' starting lineup consists of players from Masandawana

Onlookers from all clubs can see the silver lining to Mamelodi Sundowns' success.

A former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has put his domestic allegiances aside to acknowledge that the team from Tshwane can play a vital role in international success.

Masandawana won the inaugural African Football League, reached the semi-finals of last season's CAF Champions League and look set for the knockout phase again this season.

Mandla Masango, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, AFCON, South Africa, Hugo Broos.
Mandla Masango enjoyed several good seasons with Kaizer Chiefs when they were frequently celebrating silverware success. Photo: @SheElCapo.
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This continental consistency should come in good stead for the members of the squad who make up the senior positions in Hugo Broos' AFCON team.

This is the sentiment of former Kaizer Chiefs attacker, Mandla Masango. Elaborating on what the Sundowns players offer, the forward was quoted by Goal as saying:

“They are very competitive and have players who have experience, and they are competing to win games. We just need to give them support and be positive, It is not easy to play these African countries."

Masango played for Kaizer Chiefs between 2007 and 2015, a period of enormous success which included a league and cup double in 2013.

He played over 100 times for the Amakhosi, scoring 11 goals, as per TransferMarkt. He also has three goals in 13 appearances for South Africa, including a goal against Ghana at the 2015 AFCON.

'Bullet' is not officially retired and said earlier in the season that he would be open to offers. Speaking to SowetanLive about offers has received, he dismissed them as being disrespectful.

"That person offered me an amount that I can make even when I am at home without waking up. When you speak to people, you must respect their craft."

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Mamelodi Sundowns' stars feeling the fatigue

Sports Brief recently reported on Mamelodi Sundowns' AFCON-bound Bafana Bafana players facing fatigue.

Hugo Broos will want his team in peak condition but the bulk of his starting lineup has had a tough 2023.

Sundowns would have played up to 30 games in five months by the time the tournament break arrives.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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