Ugly scenes at Sundowns

2011-01-31 09:13

Johannesburg - The scenes at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday were reminiscent of the final days of Henri Michel's tenure which doesn't bode well for Mamelodi Sundowns coach Antonio Lopez-Habas.

Back in March 2008, the Frenchman had to be escorted out of what was then called Super Stadium as supporters made it clear they were not happy with a 4-1 thumping at the hands of SuperSport United, followed by a 1-0 Nedbank Cup defeat.

This weekend, the presence of the men in blue was once again needed to calm an angry group of fans, who hurled abuse at Habas, the club's chief scout Trott Moloto and general manager Kenneth Makhanya.

There were fears that the encounter with Platinum Stars, which ended in a 1-1 draw, would not go ahead as supporters threatened as much on Saturday.

But while the encounter was being played, they voiced their discontent with reported vulgar slurs against the coach's mother along with chants of 'Habas must go' and 'we need someone fired today.'

Makhanya, the Spaniard and physical trainer Miguel Martinez Gonzalez were escorted out of the ground through the back entrance in a police van to escape the disgruntled mob.

Even club president Patrice Motsepe, who is expected to meet with Habas on Monday, was the subject of abuse with supporters quick to remind him Sundowns should be run like a football club and not a mine.

Anger from the fans usually leads to an axing in Chloorkop, which will further unsettle a side that has seen its star striker and prized asset Katlego Mphela missing for over a week as he demands showdown talks to allow him to move abroad.


  • Moiketsi - 2011-01-31 09:46

    Let the team act as Orlando Pirates did and not stand in players ways of furthering their careers werever they want to. They took Teko and now why do they have to stop Mphela from going abroad.

      mccoleb - 2011-01-31 10:25

      No one is stopping from going anyone...........its just that he has a contract which he just signed...So let ie be,,,,,,,,,,,in fact they should just put him on the stands until the end of his contract.

      nangamso1 - 2011-01-31 11:10

      no man khoza also wanted to hold on to Teko he only did it at last as he had no choice but to release his so dont support only pireates but soccer.

      Cyrus - 2011-01-31 19:50

      Let Mphela Go Please...... let SA players go abroad and follow there dreams. European teams are offering good money for him

  • Tomcat - 2011-01-31 09:47

    typical from uneducated morons!

      Larry - 2011-02-01 08:58

      B@stards like these spoil our beloved PSL. I am a Khosi 4 Life but such behaviour is unacceptable whether Amazulu, Celtics or SunCLOWNS.

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  • Uneducated - 2011-01-31 10:15

    What a bunch of thugs

      DeonL - 2011-01-31 11:54


      Ironing - 2011-02-01 11:04

      You are uneducated and a thug.

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-01-31 10:22

    Welcome home Teko !

  • Tlaks - 2011-01-31 11:28

    It's been good for Sundowns to get players from Chiefs and Pirates. Just to mention a few, Brian Baloyi, David Kannemeyer, Vilakazi, Lebohang Mokoena and now Teko Modise. The list goes on an on; and yet they are dead scared to lose players themselves particularly to these two clubs. Silly, isn't it?

  • wesleywt - 2011-01-31 11:39

    If you fire another coach then you are idiots.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-31 11:51

    COME ON, BE LIKE ARSENAL . . . no trophies since 2005 but arsene wenger will be their coach 4eva. why do i fans act like animals? whether its throwing cabbages and bread on pitches or vandalizing property and stadia or just acting like mental patients. bad image for the entire country

      Ironing - 2011-02-01 11:05

      fuck u. You should not comment on this site as u are an idiot. go back to school dickhead

  • Punani - 2011-01-31 11:54

    Most of the dingbats on this site are more worried about the reason for the shocking behaviour. There are barbaric savages threatening to kill people in charge of a sports side. I know this is Africa, but this is beyond animalistic, even by African standards!

  • vorsterhenk - 2011-01-31 12:20

    Amazing how people can go on about a game....... Uneducated fools :O

  • Keaobaka - 2011-01-31 12:50

    Sundows fans are working against their own team, they want Habas fired how is it gonna help them win the league coz with the new coach in the middle of the season they can only get worse. Psl is tough no one is guaranteed a points. they should have patience. Khosi 4 life

  • molefeP - 2011-01-31 12:53

    Mphela's head is getting waay to big. We are better off without him!

      alwaysthinking365 - 2011-01-31 14:47

      you must be joking .... the poor guy just wants to further his career and they won't let him. it has obviously upset not only Mphela but the other players too, and thats why they SUDDENLY cant win a game with all their superstars

  • kabo.j.masole - 2011-01-31 12:59

    I understand the anger among the Sundowns fans. But they should bear in mind that this is a competition and anythin can happen. Also Down fans should also bear in mind that the league is still not yet over yet. M not a Down fans but i believe that Downs has all that is needed to win the league.

  • Elinkone - 2011-01-31 13:34

    Mphela will not be productive in Sundowns if he is kept unwillingly. Contractor or no contract they should let him go and the receiving club should help pay the pennalties of bridging the contract. It gets boring to hear people calling names like uneducated morons on here. The majority of fans/supporters that goes to the stadiums are uneducated, while the educated morons are watching at their comfortables houses. Good luck Teko. Once Always!

  • King - 2011-01-31 13:51

    The criticism is very rich coming from white people. Your ilk beat each other up and ransack everything (English hooligans), throw pig heads onto players (Barca fans at Luis Figo), chant racist monkey sounds and throw bananas at players. SA soccer fans are very mild in comparison.

      Craig - 2011-01-31 14:58

      Bobbejaan, names says it all moron.

      Craig - 2011-01-31 15:06

      Shaka!! murdering thug who killed thousands because they didn't grieve enough after his mother died, possibly Africas worst mass murderer. Because other fans behave badly doesn't excuse Sundowns fans, only a baboon would think otherwise.

      King - 2011-01-31 15:19

      Craig My criticism is directed at idiots who think that such behaviour is limited to black people only. I've given you examples of more crass behaviour from "civilised" Europeans, but your retort is to tell me about what King Shaka did in the 1800s. Such behaviour is not typical to Africa only, so get off your high horse.

      AJ - 2011-02-01 06:45

      @King - I agree with you. Football fans the world over seem to be able, with incomparable ease, to cross the line between acceptable behaviour and thuggish behaviour. Places where this does not happen also tend to police their 'fans' and separate them totally too, which says a lot.

      nduk'zempi - 2011-02-01 12:10

      @Craig,may u choke on a pork sausage and not see another sunrise...

  • mati.andrew - 2011-01-31 14:03

    This is long overdue. Sundowns have been playing atrocious foot ball, and it was just a matter of time before the fans complained.

  • jon paper - 2011-01-31 15:24

    why does all the comments on News24 sumhow end up with a racial undertone ? u can talk about that pig called Babe and sumhow we'll get to barbarians , africa , baboons , animals , uneducated , mass murderers ????? tru window of S.A .....every single day....

      King - 2011-01-31 15:45

      It's unfortunate that we end up having to "defend" our own when we come to these forums. It takes one silly comment and our human nature takes over.

      jon paper - 2011-01-31 15:54

      but is this forum to hand out racial slurs and hide behind anonimity or the safety of ure keyboard , think it's as sad as it is cowardly ...

  • Mpho - 2011-02-01 08:46

    Mphela is better off with Sundowns, most South African soccer players never made it in europe and they come back to play for weak teams like......

  • Eric West - 2011-02-01 08:55

    No surprises, here. It's called TKB!

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-01 12:36

      you my friend are an asshole and do not belong in this country. This is a football thread not a racists association. No wonder my wife wants to go live in Finland.............. so she doesn't have to deal with stupid racists like you

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