Supersport United CEO Stan Matthews Scoffs at Suggestions That Club Is Mamelodi Sundowns' "Academy"

Supersport United CEO Stan Matthews Scoffs at Suggestions That Club Is Mamelodi Sundowns' "Academy"

  • Suggestions that SuperSport United has become Mamelodi Sundowns' de facto academy have not gone well
  • This is judging by the response of the club's chief executive officer Stan Matthews
  • Matsatsantsa have sold more players to their Tshwane rivals than any other team in the DStv Premiership in recent times

As far as SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews is concerned, the club has not become Mamelodi Sundowns' feeder club.

Statistically, in recent years, Matsatsantsa have sold more players to their Tshwane neighbours than any other club in the Premier Soccer League. The likes of Aubrey Modiba, Teboho Mokoena, Reyaad Pieterse, Grant Kekana, Jeremy Brockie and Sipho Mbule have their cross-town rivals SuperSport.

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SuperSport United CEO is not impressed with suggestions that the club has become Mamelodi Sundowns' feeder club. Image source: Soccer Laduma website.
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According to Soccer Laduma, Matthews more or less confirm that the club's current goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams' proposed move to Sundowns was almost across the finish line.

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Despite all of this, Matthews also said to The Citizen:

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“We are not Sundowns’ development structure. Yes, the last five players we sold were to Sundowns but we are in business. If someone comes for a player, you face two options.
"You are either going to lose your player on a free transfer or you are going to have a grumpy unhappy player who is sitting on the sidelines and actually becoming a problem in the camp."

He added that the economics of the transfer market had to be factored into what they could do when it comes to Sundowns' spending power. This included the fear of losing a player on a free transfer, or a grumpy one on the sidelines who could affect team dynamics negatively.

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Thulani Hlatshwayo and Gavin Hunt have joined forces once again.

As reported by Sports Brief, the defender was announced as Gavin Hunt's first signing since being reappointed as coach of SuperSport United last week. Hlatshwayo was captain of the Bidvest Wits team that was coached by Hunt when the club won the 2016/2017 ABSA Premiership title.

In their time together at Wits, the duo of Hunt and Hlatshwayo also led the Students to the Telkom Knockout trophy in 2017.