South African club Mamelodi Sundowns to release Netflix documentary

A promotional image of the documentary Bayana ba Style
Bayana ba Style promotional image. (Photo by Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.)

Pretorian based South African side Mamelodi Sundowns FC are the latest club to follow the global trend of allowing a documentary crew to follow their journey behind the scenes.

The upcoming Netflix release will be entitled Bayana ba Style. The focus of the production will be on the club’s triumph at the inaugural CAF Champions League in 2021.

Sundowns initially qualified for the tournament by winning their domestic league in 2020. They have since won the SAFA Women’s League twice more in 2021 and 2022. Their five overall titles is a record for South Africa’s top flight.

As a leading club across the continent, the Ka bo Yellow made history at the first ever CAF Champions League. Sundowns beat Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies 2-0 in the final at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.

Documenting Mamelodi Sundowns’ historic triumph

Bayana ba Style will carry its narrative through the eyes of several players and staff involved in the winning campaign. Sundowns chairperson Tlhopie Motsepe explained the inspiration behind the documentary. The aim was to highlight the challenges faced by women’s footballers and their clubs across Africa and the world.

“We embarked on this journey for two reasons: the first was to promote women’s football and inspire future generations of female footballers in Africa. The second was to use the power of storytelling to touch on the challenges female soccer players face and encourage new sponsors to come into the market and galvanise the women’s game.”

Producers of the film, Roc Nation, have highlighted their ongoing desire to tell these lesser known stories in sport to larger audiences around the globe.

“We are proud to have facilitated the licensing of this film to enable a whole new audience of Netflix viewers to gain access to the special story of the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies team,” executive vice-president for film and TV Lori York confirmed.

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