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What's up, Downs?

By unknown | Jul 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Will somebody tell us what the hell is happening at Mamelodi Sundowns?

Will somebody tell us what the hell is happening at Mamelodi Sundowns?

The last time I visited Chloorkop, the Sundowns headquarters looked the part, a respectable white building with massive yellow walls, well manicured training pitches - a true home of champions.

This powerful picture is fast fading off my mind and in its place pops images of massive colourful tents with Boswell Wilkie inscribed all over. And that is because of the shenanigans filtering through.

I mean, Sundowns have now bulldozed one Dali Mpofu off the circus centre stage and have the halos firmly trained on them as they perform breathtaking stunts.

Firstly, it was the Jose Torrealba saga. To this day, we are not sure whether the Venezuelan marksman has a contract with Sundowns.

I am not a handwriting expert and therefore my opinion on whether the two signatures in the two contracts belong to Torrealba doesn't matter, really.

Sundowns insist the two signatures are Torrealba's. If that is true, we will have to question the wisdom of allowing the player to use his right hand for the first and the left for the second because that is what possibly happened.

When you thought that was about to be resolved, then comes an even more serious one. Bafana ba Style are now blaming everyone but themselves for the clash of dates for the CAF Confederation Cup and the Telkom Charity.

You see, the draw for the Confederations Cup was done ages ago and someone at Chloorkop should have made sure the team would be assured participation in the Charity Cup before embarking on an expensive campaign trail.

Instead, when they woke up from their siesta, Sundowns tried their luck with the Confederation of African Football who have since refused to reschedule.

On realising that CAF would not budge, Sundowns are now crying foul demanding that the PSL reschedule the one-day charity tournament. That means not only interfering with the expensive marketing campaigns but also the sensitive voting logistics.

There is a precedent, Orlando Pirates had to forfeit a place in the same competition when they could not wait for a rain delayed fixture in Cameroon and headed home to honour the charity cup.

Now, my worry is that it is not clear where the buck for this sorry mess stops at Sundowns. Do we blame COO Thele Moema. Is it executive director Afzal Khan or maybe one Jose Ferreira. What is the latter's latest title anyway?


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