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No player arrest: Sundowns release statement

DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns have responded to the news of a player’s arrest for domestic violence in Johannesburg.


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No Mamelodi Sundowns player has been arrested for domestic abuse. The club known as Kabo Yellow have stated.


According to a report by Scrolla.Africa, a Sundowns player, was allegedly arrested for assaulting his girlfriend in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on Tuesday. “A Mamelodi Sundown player has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend,” the outlet reported.

“The footballer, who cannot be named as he has not yet appeared in court to enter a plea, will spend the night in the cold cells of Sebenza police station near Kempton Park. A source close to the star told Scrolla.Africa that he was arrested for domestic violence at his home on Tuesday afternoon after his girlfriend laid criminal charges against him. He added that the suspect’s girlfriend alleged that he assaulted her at their home.

“She opened a case at Sebenza police station. Police arrested him and he will appear in court in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court soon,'” the source concluded.


Meanwhile, Sundowns have swiftly responded to dispel the news.

“Kindly note that there is no Mamelodi Sundowns player, currently playing for the team in the Senior Team or Development, that has been arrested,” the club said in a statement shared by iDiskiTimes’ leading reporter Lorenz Kohler.

“Those that picked up the “story” and published, you can contact the police station quoted in the “story” to establish the facts,” Sundowns concluded.


Meanwhile, the African Football League champions are focused on this weekend’s CAF Champions League second-leg semifinal against Tunisian giants Esperance. With the visitors leading 1-0 from the first leg, the game will be played at the Loftus Versveld Stadium on Friday night at 20:00. The Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena, has since stated that the expectations on him to lift the trophy are not realistic. The 37-year-old coach said the competition is too powerful, and he needs four more years to win it.

“I have the feeling that we don’t understand the Champions League. I look at the Champions League with a different perspective because I have been here before,” Mokwena said via TimesLIVE.

“I was an assistant coach to the previous coach [Pitso Mosimane] for a very long time, and the last coach was here for eight years. He had eight years [four from 2012 to 2016] to try and win the Champions League and we only won the competition once [2016].

“We only played the semifinal two times because the other time, we got into the final. But after that, in eight years, we only played the semifinal once and lost.

“This is my second season and we’ve done back-to-back semifinals already and sometimes I have that feeling that people don’t appreciate that because of how they perceive the expectations.

“If you look at the profile of the teams in the Champions League, there are 21 titles among the last four. Al Ahly with 11, TP Mazembe with five, Esperance with four and then Sundowns with one.

“Now, what gives us the right to think it’s just going to be a walk in the park and win the competition? We have to work hard for it. I got a four-year contract here and all I’m asking for from the Sundowns fans is give me four years to try and win.

“I’m not asking for eight. Give me four years to try and win the Champions League. It’s going to happen. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be a win all the time,” the Sundowns tactician concluded.