After much anticipation, Mamelodi Sundowns launched their latest concept, the Sundowns Stories YouTube Series, at a film premiere held at Ster-Kinekor, Mall of Africa on Monday, 31 Jan. The series dives into the untold stories of the previously unseen world of former player and club legend Teko Modise, Ugandan international goalkeeper Denis Onyango, Sundowns Ladies midfielder and dancer Hlogi Mashego as well as decades long supporter, Nickson ‘Majembeni’ Maluleka.
Members of the media, club legends and special guests were given a one of a kind screening into the historic film at the imax theatre on Waterfall on Monday evening, the Chairman of the club was filled with exhilaration after the premier of the first episode featuring Dona, he said:
“Sundowns stories has been a project that’s been going on for a very long time just behind the scenes, we are excited to share this with the people, it’s a wonderful way to start the year.”
“The whole purpose of these stories is to make sure that we use Mamelodi Sundowns and our players to inspire people. Our logo and motto is ‘Sky’s the Limit’, and it’s about making sure that everybody can achieve their dreams and anybody can be anything that they want to be under the sun. These stories are meant to inspire young South Africans to see the origins of our South African heroes, and the origins of Sundowns stars so that they can also follow their footsteps and gain inspiration. This is our gift to all football fans because it is free, it’s on YouTube.”
Scroll to read what some of the attendees had to say about the production and what you can look forward to seeing!
“It was important for us to get it out there, we’ve been struggling to find the right moment and the right timing to put it out there, but I think today’s timing was perfect, I’m glad that people had the opportunity to see it. I loved it, I was telling my own story but it would be more interesting to see what other people are saying about it.”
“Expect to see something that is great and something that is new. Sundowns are trendsetters, these are stories that need to be told and I just hope people enjoy the stories that Sundowns are willing to tell, not just my story because there are more stories to be told after this.”
“He has so many accolades at Sundowns, but Teko was brave enough like the rest of the squad that played in the 2010 World Cup, they showed character. I thought that was great for me.
This is going to be a good motivation to the youth, to see that if you really are positive you are going to succeed in life. I know that they do pray hard and say ‘God, please make me to become one of the greatest’ , but God doesn’t work for you, He works with you.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi
“This was just amazing, it was on another level. I am very impressed with the content, the vision and more impressed with the crew that produced it because the level was very good. I am looking forward to more stories, profiling one if our legends is always the best thing ever.”
“When I was approached to say something about Teko Modise for me it was a no-brainer because it’s somebody that I’ve been in conversation with when he was still a young professional footballer and the fact that he’s taking charge of his story, and not being told by other people is exactly what South African football needs. Teko has got such a fantastic story to tell, people will be blown away.”
Episode 1 on Sundowns Stories is out now! Click Below to Watch!