Stylish Sundowns seal first league title in 7 years

2014-05-06 21:57

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Mamelodi Sundowns won the Absa Premiership championship in style after demolishing neighbours SuperSport United 3-0 at Loftus Versfeld tonight.

Needing only three points from their final two games of the season, the Brazilians had to dig deep in front of a capacity crowd as goals from Surprise Moriri, Teko Modise and Cuthbert Malajila delivered the crown.

United were determined to spoil the party but it was not to be as Downs took the honours and bragging rights.

Their final game against Maritzburg United on Saturday is a mere formality as, even if they lose, second-placed Kaizer Chiefs cannot catch them at the top.

Chiefs' 1-0 victory over the University of Pretoria tonight came too little, too late as they are still four points adrift of Sundowns.

Downs deserve the championship as they have been consistent throughout the season and credit should go to coach Pitso Mosimane, who becomes the first black South African to win the league.

The opening half was a tense affair and chances went  astray to the disappointment of the home supporters who were allowed free entrance for this game.

Moriri squandered the best chance of the half when he shot wide with only goalkeeper Ronwen Williams to beat. But he was to make up for this miss when he headed home early in the second half.

This goal was what Sundowns needed as it helped them settle down.

Modise produced a wonder goal a few minutes later when he looped Williams from outside the box before substitute Malajila put the icing on the cake.

Downs will be awarded their trophy and medals on Saturday.

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