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Motsepe mum on 'Downs plans

2012-11-14 14:17

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe refuses to be drawn into discussions on the club's plans to turn around their atrocious season.

Downs remained bottom of the PSL standings having only managed a 1-1 draw against the University of Pretoria at the weekend.

It was the Brazilians' third draw of the Premiership campaign to go along with their six defeats and one win.

While the Tswane giants will clash with cross-town rivals SuperSport United in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout next weekend, the cracks have more than shown in 2012/13.

Frustrated supporters have also been baying for Johan Neeskens' head since before his side's failure to progress in the MTN8.

Motsepe has surprisingly stuck by the Dutchman through the tough times when the business tycoon has been known to wield the axe at the blink of an eye.

When pressed recently as to whether their will be any upcoming changes at Chloorkop, the 50-year-old told Times Live: "I think it's inappropriate to talk to the media as the time is incorrect.

"My talking may send all sorts of messages to people who needs to focus on the team performance.

"And so I wouldn't want to say much except that we will be making announcements as we go forward, in relation to the team's performance.

"We are not where we are supposed to be as a team and that obviously is source of great concern to us.

"Lots of work needs to be done to change things and I can guarantee you that all of us at the club are working to change the current situation."

Downs resume their league obligations after this week's international break against fellow strugglers AmaZulu next Wednesday at Loftus Stadium.

Football411

Comments
  • tuwanir - 2012-11-14 14:46

    Mr president, may you please take some drastic steps to turn your club's fortunes around! The supporters are tired of losing/drawing.

  • Konapi - 2012-11-14 15:02

    The best thing you can do for me is to terminate Neskeens contract.

  • Hugh Lawrence - 2012-11-14 15:11

    take sum of their wages and give it 2 the wine farm wokers...then they will start playing like REAL BRAZilians...! Lmfao

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-14 16:46

    Motsepe must leave football to footballers nd start paying mine workers a living wages.

  • kabelo.k.monageng - 2012-11-14 16:56

    I take my hat off for u Mr Motsepe.It takes a lot of courage to stand by a coach with only 1 win,6 defeats and 3 draws for a team of Sundown's calibre.I believe Neeskens is a great manager.The problem is that the team is congested with egotistical players who put money before their careers.

  • letebele.mmakau - 2012-11-14 22:30

    motsepe , koba your lovely coach.

  • siphosteve.shabangu - 2012-11-15 09:58

    We can't lose ever game whl we go every . We have 3 team but will still can find the winning combination .

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-15 11:00

    It is good of Motsepe not to just fire coaches like that way he used to do because that will bring no glory to the team, the only thing that Downs need is to get young players to the team because those ready made players are the one killing the club more and more because their bad influence to the club, money can not buy success. Mr Motsepe to build Downs must just swallow his pride, as a man from North West in Mmakau, he should take Downs to people of North West especially to Mmakau,surrounding areas like Mothutlung, Brits, Ga/rankuwa, Hebron,Kgabalatsane,Mabopane,Klipgat,Shakung and Madidi to scout for players there as there are lot of young talented players and are not looked at, if Downs can do that will get proper players and support from those areas and not forgeting that he should try to buy Odi stadium and make it home ground for Downs, we need to see Downs back to its former hey days but with local palyes most where Mr Motsepe stayed. Example of a team which is doing well with most of its players being from Limpopo and especialy where the teams is based is Black leopards and for that is doing well at PSL.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-19 13:20

    If Mr Motsepe can not take Downs to its supporters, then it will not perform well and again must swallow his pride when hiring coaches as I am an African so is he, he must trust African coaches and local South African coahes as they will do the job more and much better than bunch of foreign western coaches, I have never seen any club in Europe or Asia hiring an African coach for their teams but we Africans are busy hiring foreign coaches instead of locals, this shows that we are not proud of ourselves as Africans. Mr Motsepe should too buy Odi stadiun for his club as it is a club from that area and be used as their home ground, while making Downs to tour and look for more supporter and new up and coming young stars around, places Madidi, Shakung,Mmakau,Klipgat,Mabopane,Kgabalatsane,Hebron, Erusmus,Ga/rankuwa,Soshanguve,Mamelodi,Attridgeville,Mothutlung and Brits that is where Downs roots are and where players lies.

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