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Following two seasons of intense off-season spending, Mamelodi Sundowns head into the 2015/2016 campaign with a more settled squad, with Pitso Mosimane eager to build a strong core rather than have a massive pool of players at his disposal.
Despite trimming down the squad, the Brazilians still have the arguably the best team in the country, with Gauteng rivals Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United competing with the Chloorkop-based club.
Sundowns have enjoyed considerable success since Pitso Mosimane’s appointment in December 2012, with the former Bafana Bafana mentor safely leading the club to clear of the relegation zone before going on to win the Absa Premiership title in his first full season in charge of the club.
‘Downs failed to defend their league crown, as a settled Amakhosi outfit romped to the title, but there was some consolidation for Mosimane and his troops as they managed to win the Nedbank Cup last season.
There is no doubt Sundowns will be eager to improve on their showing on the African continent following their premature exit from the competition in 2015, with club owner Patrice Motsepe and Mosimane highlighting the importance of achieving success in Africa over the past two seasons.
Sundowns first priority lies on home soil with ‘Jingles’ eager to see his side get their season off to a good start, hoping that success in the MTN8 will spark an uncontrollable flame which will sweep up all the trophies on offer, ending with the club tasting league success, with the dream of continental domination.
|Mamelodi Sundowns||0 - 2||Orlando Pirates||23 Apr 16||Lucas Moripe Stadium||Report|
|Mamelodi Sundowns||3 - 1||Mbombela United||02 Apr 16||Lucas Moripe Stadium||Report|
|Highlands Park FC||0 - 1||Mamelodi Sundowns||06 Mar 16||TBC||Report|
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|2016 NEDBANK CUP TEAM RECORD|
|LAST 10 HOME:||7||1||1||5||5||9||-4||6||1||4|
|LAST 10 AWAY:||3||3||0||0||5||1||0||3||0||9|