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Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Announcements

Mamelodi Sundowns would like to thank and express its gratitude to all the frontline health workers including nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers who have been treating Covid-19 patients and all the other patients in South Africa and the African Continent.

Mamelodi Sundowns is part of the companies and organisations that are associated with the Motsepe family and that have contributed R1 billion to the fight against Covid-19.

Sundowns was supposed to play a match against one of the top European football clubs as part of its 50 Year Anniversary Celebrations and because of the Coronavirus pandemic the match will not take place.

In the light of the current Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty, insecurity and anxiety, the planned 50 Year Anniversary Projects will take a more developmental, upliftment and philanthropic dimension until the South African Covid-19 status has been changed to Level 2 or Level 1.

Sundowns in partnership with the Mamelodi Sundowns Foundation is therefore today announcing the “Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Most Popular Songs Challenge” which will be launched in June 2020. Sundowns will release more details in the coming weeks.

In terms of the Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Most Popular Songs Challenge, participants will be able to compose and produce songs in the 11 official languages of South Africa and the public will be able to vote for their favourite songs. The winning composers and producers will receive R 20 000 in cash at the end of every month.

The highlight of the Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Most Popular Songs Challenge, will be the prize money for the 7 most popular songs, as voted for by the public throughout the year which will be awarded at the Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Banquet to be held in December 2020.

The prize money for the 7 most popular songs is as follows:

  • 1st Prize R700 000
  • 2nd Prize R400 000
  • 3rd Prize R300 000
  • 4th Prize R250 000
  • 5th Prize R200 000
  • 6th Prize R150 000
  • 7th Prize R100 000

The President of Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Patrice Motsepe said:

“The Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Most Popular Songs Challenge enables us to continue promoting and supporting football and music, and what is exciting about this Challenge is that it also specifically promotes African traditional and cultural music.”

The Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Most Popular Songs Challenge, seeks to involve and encourage the youth, football and music lovers in South Africa and on the Continent, who are at home; and while complying with the Covid-19 lockdown regulations to compose and produce songs in all the 11 official languages and which will be voted for by the public.

The concept is designed on “reality show-type format” wherein individuals register and participate in a national singing competition. Participants will have to provide some basic details, followed by the recording of a unique song.

SABC Radio and TV as well as MTN have been identified as partners.

“MTN has a long-standing relationship with Sundowns and we are delighted to be the technology partner for the Mamelodi Sundowns 50 Year Anniversary Most Popular Songs Challenge. MTN helps connect our customers to the people and things they love and we know that football remains a passion for so many across the nation. The legacy of Sundowns weaves a rich colour into the history of South African football and we are excited to be part of this Challenge that will encourage creativity and a sense of fun from South Africans as we continue to fight this pandemic, together,” said Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN SA. “We hope friends and families will have lots of fun developing their songs and we look forward to providing the platforms on which they will be showcased.” said Motsa.

Mamelodi Sundowns is also pleased to announce that it has renewed the contract of its Head Coach Pitso Mosimane for a further 4 years.

The President of Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Patrice Motsepe said:

“I am very happy that the Board of Mamelodi Sundowns has decided to renew the employment contract of our very own “Sir Alex Ferguson”. I am very proud of Pitso’s achievements at Sundowns and am also confident that Pitso, the Technical Team and the players will make Sundowns one of the best football clubs on the African Continent. Mamelodi Sundowns has got exciting short to medium term objectives and goals to achieve, which includes building a world class Youth Academy, Scouting Department and Management Team. Investing in our youth, to enable them to play for the Senior Team and Bafana Bafana is an important objective of our medium to long term plans. We are also excited that José Ramón Alexanko who played and captained FC Barcelona and was also the Head of the FC Barcelona Academy has joined Mamelodi Sundowns as the Head of the Technical Department. He was also the Director of Football at La Liga club, Valencia CF. The Youth Academy as well as the Senior Team will benefit immensely from his vast experience and expertise. We as the Mamelodi Sundowns Family, have a duty to be part of the difficulties and hardships that confronts all our people and we were honoured to make a humble contribution with many other South Africans and Africans to the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. We are confident that South Africa and the African Continent will over time overcome the Coronavirus pandemic and continue to create jobs, improve the living conditions of the poor and build a healthy and bright future for all Africans.”

For questions and enquiries contact: Mamelodi Sundowns

Shupi Nkgadima

Mobile: +27 (0) 65 992 9214

Email: shupi@sundownsfc.com

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