Mamelodi Sundowns’ Congested Fixture Schedule Causes Debate Among Football Fans Ahead of Next Game

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Congested Fixture Schedule Causes Debate Among Football Fans Ahead of Next Game

Byron Pillay
April 23, 2024 at 1:35 PM
  • Mamelodi Sundowns will face Sekhukhune United before they can focus on Esperance de Tunis
  • The South African side are the only CAF Champions League side with a midweek fixture to contest
  • Football fans have shared their thoughts on Sundowns' busy fixture schedule compared to others

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Are Mamelodi Sundowns getting the short end of the stick when it comes to fixture congestion as compared to their CAF Champions League opponents.

The Brazilians are in the semi-finals of the tournament, along with Egypt’s Al Ahly, Tunisia’s Esperance Sportive de Tunis, and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe.

Mamelodi Sundowns' busy fixture schedule has caused a debate over whether the PSL is being fair to them.
Rulani Mokwena's Mamelodi Sundowns have to face Sekhukhune United before taking on Esperance de Tunis three days later. Image: @iDiskiTimes.
Source: Twitter

The four teams have already played the first leg of the semi-finals and will contest the second leg this coming weekend, but three of the four sides have a break until then.

Sundowns to contest midweek fixture

Sundowns will take on Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday, April 23, before turning their attention to their CAF Champions League game. None of the other sides have a midweek fixture.

As noted by Times LIVE, it also marks the Brazilian’s seventh game in all competitions in April.

With Sundowns trailing Esperance 1-0 in the tie, fans of the Brazilians were hoping they would have had a chance to rest ahead of the big game.

Now, with a league commitment to deal with, fans have weighed in on whether the Premier Soccer League are making life difficult for Sundowns or if it’s fair that they must play extra fixtures.

Here is what football fans had to say:


“Good for them…it’s good practice for Friday.”


“Yes, us because in SA, we have poor administration in the @OfficialPSL, but I don't remember Orlando Pirates playing a league game prior to their crucial CAF games. But conflict of interest is the order of the day. What can we do?


“Have you ever seen or heard Real Madrid complain? No, that's why they are the best in Europe, if not the world. Back to Sundowns, there are ways to counter this: play your second-string team, which has better quality than Sekhukhune United.”

Mokwena provides injury update on Mokoena

Sundowns head coach Mokwena has provided an update on midfielder Teboho Mokoena ahead of the team’s second-leg fixture against Esperance de Tunis.

The former SuperSport United star missed the CAF Champions League semi-final first leg after suffering a knock, Sports Brief reported.

Mokwena explained that the Bafana Bafana international was on the brink of returning, but the club didn’t want to risk playing him in Tunisia.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.