Sundowns missed out on big-money prize

2017-01-12 10:49
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Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns players and staff missed out on the chance to share R65 million which was promised to them by club boss Patrice Motsepe if they won the FIFA Club World Cup.

However, the Brazilians failed to win a match during the tournament in Japan and suffered losses to Japanese side Kashima Antlers and Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai.

Motsepe recently revealed he had given the team the massive incentive, saying: "There are one or two things I deliberately kept out (of the media). I mean, hey, these guys could have won R65 million in the Club World Cup.

"When I bought Sundowns (in 2003) I said every competition we play in, and I mean every one, none of the prize money would come back to me.

"We pay more in South Africa, just listen very carefully to me because we know what the going rate is, than some of the clubs in Europe.

"We did not go into football to make money. We went into football as part of the obligation we have as family to give back to the people of this country.

"There are a lot of other things we have to do. You can’t have Patrice Motsepe, his wife and family living in luxury and wealth and side by side with that you have abject poverty.

"You would have a revolution and you would deserve a revolution."

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