Mamelodi Sundowns Appoints Head Of Academy

Mamelodi Sundowns FC has developed a visionary and ambitious strategy for the future of the club with the appointment of Paulo Cardoso as the Head Of Academy, that strategy is in capable hands. Paulo will be leading and running the Mamelodi Sundowns Development Academy as the club strives to produce the best possible footballers with a holistic approach to the individuals and making sure that school-education will be at the highest level for the academy players.

Speaking about the appointment of the experienced Paulo, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Technical Director, Flemming Berg said: “Hiring a new Head of Academy isn’t just a recruitment process; it’s a pivotal moment in shaping the future of our club. Paulo comes with extensive knowledge from the highest international level and has worked with some of the absolute best players in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Bruma.”

Paulo, who joins Mamelodi Sundowns from Fluminense FC in Brazil where he served as a Youth Consultant, has international experience from various countries like Portugal, Bulgaria, Australia and China returns to South Africa, having worked as part of the KZN Football Academy.

Key roles and clubs that Paulo worked in:

  • Portuguese FA – Technical Consultant
  • CSKA Sofia – Academy Director
  • KZN SAFA Academy – Technical Director
  • Sporting P – Technical Director, Academy Scout Coordinator and International Scout
  • Melbourne Victory – Academy Director


  • UEFA A Coaching License
  • Degrees – in Sports Science and in Sport Management

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