We won't 'tolerate' riots

2011-06-29 10:24

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe says the club will no longer tolerate rioting by club fans in an attempt to force unwanted coaches out of the club.

The Brazilians have a history of venting their frustration when their club is not winning with their most recent indiscretion directed at former boss Antonio Lopez Habas. The Argentine resigned on February 5 after the fans rioted at the Lucas Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville on January 30.

The club had drawn 1-1 with Platinum Stars that day and despite Sundowns winning their next match, 2-0 against Moroka Swallows at the Mbombela stadium on February 2, Habas stepped down following death threats directed towards his family.

Motsepe's announcement came after he unveiled Jacobus Johan Neeskens as the new Downs coach, although the mining magnate also felt compelled to defend his decision amid some dissenting voices from within the country's coaching fraternity.

He said: "We will not tolerate riots and I say this seriously. We will not tolerate disrespect to the coach and the team on the stadiums. As part of the commission we have instituted, we will take action against those people who will be identified to have been involved in unruly, disrespectful and disgraceful behaviour and this is not just about talking.

"Why must they go and complain at the stadium about the coach? We have a platform to say anything and everything you want... We can't have this reputation that when coaches don't succeed at Sundowns there is an improper departure of these coaches."

He added in the Business Day: "We have had various local coaches in the past and I do not see this as a problem.

"The reality is, you have got to compare yourself with the very best in the world," he said. "Welcoming others is also a sign of strength. Whenever we bring foreign coaches to the country, we always ensure that our assistants are local so that they learn from them.

"I am comfortable with this decision and I think that Sundowns are doing the right thing."

Sundowns have employed a number of foreign coaches, however, it was Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund who last led them to league success in 2007.

He pointed out that local coaches have won more Premiership titles than foreigners since the Premier Soccer League was launched in 1996.

He added: "You can correct me if I am wrong, but eight titles have been won by local coaches (since 1996). But I guess if you do not believe in local coaches then you do not believe in local coaches."

Motsepe was man enough, however, to admit that the Sundowns management must shoulder some of the blame for their dormant approach to issues pertaining to fans' unhappiness.

"We as the leadership of Sundowns have to take the blame for not actively engaging our supporters at their branches at regional and national level."

Neeskens, meanwhile, added that he will afford the fans an opportunity to speak out on a formal platform if things take a turn for the worse, vowing that, "I don't walk away from problems.

"I want to say one thing to our supporters. The riots are not nice for the club, the coach and the players, but I can understand it because you are frustrated when the team is losing games, but there is one thing and that is I don't walk away from problems. I will want to face you guys so you can have an opportunity to ask whatever question. I think that will be fair." 


  • MJM - 2011-06-29 13:17

    I ges Sundowns doesn have supporters since 0 comments about the article

      Zukisani - 2011-06-29 21:41

      no bra , they are laughing their asses off they are taking what motsepe said as a joke, those guys will do it again if they feel like it

      Bra Pat - 2011-06-30 11:00

      its true sundowns fans are busy mornitoring their time bombs,they dont give a haa about what Motsipe says

      NEVERAGAIN - 2011-07-01 13:25

      I ges u are a chiefs fan,you should be focusing on mofying your new gear/jersey,It looks as ugly as ya Bafana-bafana...and If you are a Pirates fan , u should be worried about another 10 years of hunger becos u didn`t extend Krol contract.....Believe me....we are here masandawana and we will not say much but will do/act as much as we can this season...

  • mbulelo - 2011-06-29 18:17

    can you please update the website on daily basis, because every time i checked i get old news. certailnly, it is for this reason we always got wrong information from other saurces. the is a lot of secrets within the management while we expecting transparency. for an example we need to know who's coming or leaving the club from the site not with the rumours from the papers

      Bra Pat - 2011-06-30 10:58

      Thanx bra i thot there was somthing wrong wth my computer

  • Ismail - 2011-07-01 11:12

    I know is going to happen again.Once the Molotos see the coach succeed and not field in their favourite players and the Agents start to complain,the conspiracy will start.Mark my word.

      NEVERAGAIN - 2011-07-01 13:21

      Ismael , we will make sure that It never happens again , we have elected people who will be monitoring and communicating with fans at the stadiums before and after the games...Trott and his management will see how powerful we are if they interfere with coach or the players .......We respect our President Motsepe becos he also listen to us when we speak or complains...

  • NEVERAGAIN - 2011-07-01 13:13

    As sundowns suppoters , we welcome our new coach and also have believe that this will be our season.We respect our President Motsepe and we will ensure that we give our new coach a chance for two seasons without any violance or interruptions from the fans.Everything we did as fans was for the love of our team Mamelodi Sundowns.We thank Motsepe for also ensuring that there will be no interference from Ted , Trott and our poor management and also for giving the coach a full power for the team and players (who goes and staying in his team).We give u our word Motsepe that,we will not course any violence or fight against the coach but we will make sure that the management of Sundowns are the ones who will take the blame and be fired.....WE WELCOME YOU NEESKENS AS OUR NEW COACH AND WE BELIEVE IN YOU AND YOUR VISION FOR THE TEAM.....HOLLA MASANDAWANA !!!!!!

  • Wonder Mlandzeni - 2011-07-04 10:53

    Our problem at Downs is not with supporters but management. we can not accept lies when we see them. in the issue of Habas, the supporters were lied to that he was coaching the team during the time of Hristo, but his style of play and the result showed something different, hence we felt that we were being taken for a ride. there was no need to let Hristo go, but because he couldn't be bullied by Trott and his gang which include Dan Simelane and Makhanya, he had to go, why? Trott and his gang thinkthey are more important than the supporters, Motsepe must deal with them. Anyway, this coach has our support 120%

  • Jan - 2011-08-08 22:19

    i agree with u MR

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