On 15 April 2015, 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns suffered their heaviest ever defeat under Pitso Mosimane, going down 5-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic.
It was actually their heaviest league defeat in the PSL era, surpassing 4-0 defeats that occurred twice before. Gabadinho Mhango bagged a brace on the day, playing alongside now established PSL players like Lerato Lamola, Keagan Buchanan, Musa Nyatama & Keegan Ritchie.
Celtic would go on to finish 7th in the league that season, a feat they haven’t achieved since then. Only one player from that starting XI is still at Celtic (Wandisile Letlabika) and he featured again for Celtic v Sundowns in February this year.
Many others have moved on, including Thapelo Morena, who scored on that day. He would later join the Sundowns team they had beaten, just over a year later. We’ve profiled ten players who tormented Masandawana while they were at other clubs, before later signing for the Tshwane club.
- Thapelo Morena
As stated, Morena was on target vs Sundowns in April 2015, netting the third goal in Bloemfontein Celtic’s 5-0 victory. He’d later join Downs at the start of the 2016/17 season.
- Lyle Lakay
Another player that scored for Celtic against Sundowns is Lyle Lakay, who scored the opening goal about a year later (March 2016) on the way to a 3-1 win for Siwelele.
- Mosa Lebusa
Lebusa was also on the scoresheet for his former club against Sundowns. The defender scored the opening goal for Ajax Cape Town in a 3-1 defeat in April 2018. Just three months later, he signed for Sundowns, as Ajax went to the GladAfrica Championship.
- Tiyani Mabunda
Mabunda joined Sundowns from Leopards in 2013. Just two months earlier he’d scored for Leopards in a 5-2 defeat to Sundowns. Shuga, as he is known, also scored the season before against Downs, netting an equaliser in April 2012, as Leopards lost 2-1 at home.
- Sibusiso Vilakazi
The 2013/14 PSL Footballer of the Season award is a reminder that Villa was already a star before joining Downs. Although none of his goals for Wits against Sundowns came in the 2013/14 season, he scored in a 3-2 loss in September 2011. He also netted the winner in a 1-0 victory for Wits in March 2015, before joining Sundowns in July 2016.
- Sammy Seabi
Seabi, who joined Sundowns at the start of this season, scored for Polokwane City in their 3-2 win over Sundowns in January 2018. The midfielder opened the scoring as City shocked the champions-elect in their first league game of 2018. Sundowns would go on to lose just one more league game in the 2018 calendar year, winning the 2017/18 title in the process.
- Lebohang Maboe
Maboe scored twice for Maritzburg before coming to Pretoria. First, he bagged a late equaliser for The ‘Team of Choice’ in a 2-2 league draw. Just three days later, he scored again against Sundowns. This time it was the Nedbank Cup 2018, helping knock the Brazilians out at the semi-final stage.
- Oupa Manyisa
The other player that knocked Sundowns out of a Cup was Oupa Manyisa, who scored for Pirates before crossing over. Manyisa’s strike eliminated Sundowns from the 2011 MTN8 tournament. He scored in the 1-1 semi-final second-leg, to help Pirates through to the final.
- Anthony Laffor (at Jomo Cosmos)
Way back in 2007, Laffor also scored for his then side Jomo Cosmos, equalising for 1-1, in a match that would finish 2-2. This wasn’t the end of the story, however.
- Anthony Laffor (at Supersport)
Laffor moved to Supersport from Cosmos, and continued to haunt Masandawana. First, he scored a hat-trick for Matsatsantsa vs Sundowns in March 2009, then scored an equaliser in the same derby the following season in a 1-1 draw. The Liberian striker joined Sundowns in January 2012.
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By Opta Jabu