Downs fans threaten Neeskens

2012-09-03 10:25

Pretoria - Former Dutch international Johan Neeskens needed a police escort to protect him from angry supporters after the South African club he coaches lost a league match on Sunday, local media reported.

Police were called in to restrain a crowd of angry fans, chanting for Neeskens to be sacked and threatening to attack him after his Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-1 at home to Maritzburg United in a premier league match.

Neeskens, a standout performer at two World Cups, is in his second season at the helm of the Pretoria-based club, whose billionaire owner, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, is often referred to as the "Roman Abramovich of Arivca".

The nickname stems from his profligate spending on new players and high-profile coaches, similar to the methods employed by English Premier League club Chelsea's Russian owner.

Neeskens failed to deliver a trophy last season, losing in the cup final and finishing fourth in the league, six points behind the champions.

Two previous Sundowns coaches - Frenchman Henri Michel and Spaniard Antonio Lopez - both departed after comparable threats of fan violence following a sequence of poor results.

The 60-year-old former midfielder played at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, scoring a penalty in the final of the first tournament he attended in the 2-1 defeat to hosts West Germany.

His managerial career includes stints at Barcelona and Galatasaray as an assistant to Frank Rijkaard and a head coaching role at NEC Nijmegen.


  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-09-03 10:37

    Name change to Downs&Out

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-03 10:45

    Abafana ba styl dead, now we have abafana ba cry babies lolest, beaten week in and out ayeyeye sundrowing kikiki shapaaaa United shapa

  • mphedziseni.munyai - 2012-09-03 11:24

    I keep on supporting my club...i believe its gonna be okay. KBY

  • Livy Mapodile - 2012-09-03 11:42

    This man must just go. He was given the whole of last season to prove himself but failed. There is no way he can turn things around. Keeping him will result in Sundowns being relegated to first division

  • magomarele - 2012-09-03 11:45

    The media is not making noise about violent behaviour of Sundowns fans like they did with Pirates, why? Last week media condemned and sentenced Pirates fans to death by firing squad after minor incidence of spectator misbehaviour at Orlando stadium which were caused by poor refereeing. But the same media is saying little about Sundowns now, and few weeks ago when Zebra lost 4-1 to Sundowns, media deliberately ignored to report about violent behaviour of Chiefs fans that day. 4 months ago when Zebra fans destroyed stadium property in FNB stadium after their team lost 4 games in a row, media decided to ignore the incident - both eTv and SABC news never reported or condemned the incident like they always do with Pirates. It seems Pirates is being targeted and vilified for their success. Biased reporting and favouritism. That’s sad.

  • buwaz - 2012-09-04 11:42

    He need to resort to 4-4-2 formation.give Onyango a chance n partner manqele wit mushekwi,hanyekana,mphela,rodgers, one attacking middlefielder btwn sangweni n teko nid to sacrificed,is tym to get back four combination

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