Downs (and ANC) paint SA Ka Bo Yellow

2014-05-11 15:00

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It was befitting that this weekend the country was painted Ka Bo Yellow as both Mamelodi Sundowns and the ANC won their respective challenges.

The two organisations had reasons to celebrate and were set to party the night away after clinching the Absa Premiership championship and the 2014 general elections.

As for Sundowns, the celebrations started on Tuesday after ensuring the title was in the bag with a victory over SuperSport United, and win or lose, yesterday’s game was a mere formality. But the Downs showed professionalism by playing good football until the end.

United were determined to be party poopers and thought they had done so until Alje Schut’s last-minute header cancelled Heinrich Isaacks’ first-half goal.

This was also Steve Komphela’s swan song for United as he is expected to be named as Chippa United’s new coach soon.

Credit should go to Komphela, who achieved his mandate of saving United from relegation after joining in the latter half of the season, and Pitso Mosimane for leading Downs to their first championship in seven years.

United ushered the newly crowned champions with a guard of honour before the game started but the respect ended just there as the home team showed the Brazilians no mercy at all.

The game lived up to its hype as both teams went for each other’s throats. It was the home side that showed more hunger, taking the game to the visitors with Kurt Lentjies a thorn in Downs’ backside.

Downs threw everything at United in the second stanza, relentlessly searching for the equaliser. This they got with the last kick or header of the match when the captain, who has been nominated for the PSL footballer of the season award, rose above everyone to head home.

United will feel hard done by after squandering endless scoring opportunities for which they were made to pay.

It was a befitting farewell for Komphela and Michael Morton, who will be in Bidvest Wits’ colours next season.

Mosimane has already indicated another shopping spree is unavoidable at Chloorkop next season for them to do well in the CAF Champions League.

Hopefully Sundowns will not wait for another election year to win their next championship.

As for now, the party goes on!

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