According to Tshabalala, Sundowns is not simply a team that buys players; they also manufacture players and promote them gradually, ensuring that they are fully integrated into the team and understand the culture and expectations of the club. Tshabalala believes that this approach has contributed to Sundowns’ success, as well as their ability to consistently compete at the highest level.
In addition, Tshabalala pointed out that it is not only about how much money a team has, but how effectively they utilize their resources and invest their money. He emphasized the importance of continually reinvesting in the team in order to achieve long-term success and praised Sundowns for becoming an institution in South African football.
Sundowns’ dominance of the DStv Premiership this season has been undeniable, and they are on the verge of securing yet another league title. If SuperSport United fails to beat Chippa United, Sundowns will claim the title without even playing, but they can also secure the championship with a win over Cape Town City on 1 April.
The debate surrounding Sundowns’ spending power and its impact on the league is a contentious issue, and opinions are divided. However, Tshabalala’s perspective offers valuable insight into the success of the Masandawana, and highlights the importance of effective scouting, development, and investment in building a winning team.
It is clear that Sundowns’ approach has been effective, and other clubs may do well to learn from their example in order to achieve similar success. While the debate is likely to continue, Tshabalala’s contribution to the conversation has shed new light on the issue and sparked important discussions about the future of South African football.