Minister Nathi Mthethwa congratulates Mamelodi Sundowns
Recently crowned Absa Premiership Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, affectionately referred to as “Masandawana”, took another giant step towards proving they are the Powerhouse of South African Football after defeating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in their Nedbank Cup final held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, 12 September 2020.
The Honourable Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, in his congratulatory message, said: “Congratulations to ‘Bafana Ba Style’ (Mamelodi Sundowns) for their hard-fought effort in winning the Nedbank Cup and completing their historic domestic treble on Saturday.
The team of Patrice Motsepe, founded in 1960, absorbed the pain of playing in the Bio-Bubble in Gauteng and managed well the strict environment due Government’s Risk Adjustment Strategy (RAS) in containing the spread of COVID-19. And this demonstrated true Championship spirit when they remained focused despite adverse challenges of playing away from their home turf, and in front of their “ka Bo Yellow” fans.
“Mamelodi Sundowns remained focused whilst playing in a Bio-Bubble environment, which wasn’t easy by managing to demonstrate courage and determination. Well done to Coach Pitso Mosimane and his technical team, the entire Sundowns Players and Management for their victory. I wish them luck as they now move forward in preparation to represent the country in the CAF Champions League competition for the 7th time in a row next year,” said Minister Mthethwa.
“I take this opportunity as well to congratulate Bloemfontein Celtic for their gallant display despite being runners up in the Nedbank Cup, they have also qualified to participate in the CAF Confederation Cup next season. I wish them the best as they will also be representing the country on the continent.
“In conclusion, my message of appreciation goes out to the South African Football Association (SAFA), Premier Soccer league (PSL), Gauteng Provincial Government, City of Joburg for their support in ensuring that all protocols were strictly adhered to in 2 containing the spread of COVID-19 during the wrapping up of the professional football season, and their efforts will never go unnoticed.”
Masechaba Khumalo: Spokesperson (Minister), Tel: 066 380 7408 | Email: MasechabaN@dac.gov.za
Mr Mickey Modisane: Chief Director Marketing and Communications (Sport) Tel: 082 992 0101 | Email: Mickey@srsa.gov.za