THE prestige that comes with being the best club in Africa has borne fruit for Mamelodi Sundowns as they will tomorrow unveil South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai as their new vehicle sponsor.
In taking on Hyundai, Sundowns’ link to Japanese vehicle manufacturers Honda comes to an end after five seasons. A source at Sundowns confirmed that the news will be announced tomorrow at a press conference in Bedfordview.
“It is true that the team will announce a new car sponsor. I can tell you right now that as of tomorrow, the team will be driving around in Hyundai cars, because that is the new sponsor the team have.
“I don’t know why Honda is no longer there. This is the biggest sponsor in the league in terms of money,” a source at Sundowns said. Hyundai will have its brand printed on the shoulder of Sundowns’ shirts and that is expected to start from Tuesday when the Brazilians take on Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Hyundai last sponsored Moroka Swallows in the league – in the season that they were relegated. Sundowns still remain without a main sponsor, with the last being MTN over five seasons ago.
Meanwhile, the Brazilians will return to training today for the Chiefs match. Bafana Bafana players who include Percy Tau, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Themba Zwane, Tebogo Langerman and Motjeka Madisha have had three days of rest since Bafana coach Stuart Baxter broke the national team camp early on Monday morning.
Sundowns will be looking to build on their last two victories in the league, with Tau scoring a brace against Free State Stars in a 2-1 win, while Khama Billiat scored the solitary goal in the victory over Platinum Stars. For Sundowns, the international break has also helped, as the squad will welcome fit again Yannick Zakri, Anthony Laffor, Oupa Manyisa, George Lebese, Soumahoro Bangaly, Leonardo Castro and Tiyani Mabunda.
Lebese could make the team to face Kaizer Chiefs for the first time since he moved to the Brazilians in the previous transfer window. But that will depend on coach Pitso Mosimane, who will have the final say on team selection. The former Chiefs man missed Sundowns’ last game against Dikwena due to a bout of bronchitis.