Mamelodi Sundowns Accused Of 'Destroying SA Football'
EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu, a Kaizer Chiefs supporter, agrees with ex-Chiefs and Bafana Bafana footballer Jabu Mahlangu’s claims that Mamelodi Sundowns are “destroying South African football”, reported TimesLive.
Mahlangu made the claims in a video posted on Twitter this week, where he criticised the standard of the DStv Premier Soccer League football. He also accused Sundowns of “hoarding” players.
Shivambu concurred with Mahlangu, saying “hoarding brilliant players is unethical”. Said Shivambu:
100% Agree! Football must be relatively balanced and it should be dominated by money earned in Mining, Financial Services sector and other activities.
The erstwhile dominance of KCFC was through resources earned in and through Football! Hoarding brilliant players is unethical!
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Reacting to Chiefs’ 1-0 loss to Sundowns in the DStv Premiership, Mahlangu opined that Sundowns are killing Bafana Bafana. He said:
We suggested the fair play issue in the PSL. Whether Sundowns fans or not, everyone wants their team to win all the time, but what’s happening now is killing our national team.
They claim they want to help Bafana Bafana get to the top. It’s not possible because our best players are at one team and they are not playing.
How are we going to improve? I don’t want to compare, but Manchester City didn’t buy all the top players in the Premier League.
They are a good team but the league is still competitive. I’m not comparing, I’m just making sense.
Mahlangu said something should be done, adding that even “Sundowns know what they are doing is destroying South African football”.
Sundowns have won the league in the past five seasons (2018-2022) and two of the titles in the preceding four seasons (2014 and 2016).
Kaizer Chiefs won the league in 2013 while Bidvest Wits won it in 2015.