Sundowns chairman dismisses claims of 'buying' success

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Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman Thlopie Motsepe gives former captain Hlompho Kekana an award during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman Thlopie Motsepe gives former captain Hlompho Kekana an award during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Lefty Shivambu

Mamelodi Sundowns chairperson Thlopie Motsepe has dismissed widespread opinion that the Brazilians buy their way to success while signing players to weaken their opponents.

Sundowns have spent more than R50 million on new signings during the current transfer window ahead of Thursday's deadline.

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Big-name additions such as Ronwen Willians, Marcelo Allende, Bongani Zungu and Sipho Mbule have all been recruited as the defending champions reinforce their squad.

Additionally, defender Terrence Mashego was unveiled over the weekend after signing a five-year contract with the club from Cape Town City.

Motsepe denied that another motivating factor in signing a host of star players is to weaken their opponents.

"I don't know where the criticism has come from in that regard," Motsepe said.

"Players want to come to Mamelodi Sundowns as Mamelodi Sundowns is a place where they can improve themselves and achieve their dreams in football.

"We have had the blessing and opportunity to honour an incredible player and say well done to an incredible special player, Hlompho Kekana.

"But when Hompho Kekana was at Mamelodi Sundowns, he was playing and competing with Teko Modise, and guys of the likes of Tiyani Mabunda, who is right here with us.

"Iron sharpens iron, and the fact that these good players want to come to Sundowns is because they want to achieve their dreams and improve."

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