Top 10 Downs players that previously tormented the Brazilians


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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

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