Advantage Chiefs as Sundowns fall to Cape Town City

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Shane Roberts of Cape Town City  challenged by Sphelele Mkhulise of Mamelodi Sundowns during their Absa Premiership match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix
Shane Roberts of Cape Town City challenged by Sphelele Mkhulise of Mamelodi Sundowns during their Absa Premiership match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/Gallo Images/BackpagePix

Cape Town City continue to have Mamelodi Sundowns’ number as was evident in their 3-2 victory at Loftus Versfeld on Monday night, as they did Kaizer Chiefs a huge favour in the title race.

Sundowns remain six points behind Chiefs with six games remaining in the dash to the R15 million Absa Premiership title.

Amakhosi could pull further away on Wednesday when they face Bloemfontein Celtic.

The result means out of the eight league games the two teams have played against each other, the Citizens have won five while Sundowns have only won two.

The other result was a 1-1 draw.

In fact, in their 11 games in all competition, the Capetonians have been dominant overall, with Sundowns only getting three wins while City have seven wins.

As per usual, the clash produced plenty of goals.

Since the establishment of City in 2016, the teams have never played a goalless draw.

Sundowns don’t look themselves without their vocal 12th man, the fans, at the Pretoria stadium.

Winger Surprise Ralani was the catalyst with his brace. Ralani scored in the 13th and 54th minutes. Kermit Erasmus scored the other in the 44th.

Edmilson Dove scored an own goal in the 45th minute while Keletso Makgalwa grabbed an injury time strike which was not enough in the end.

The clubs have a burgeoning rivalry which was evident on and off the field of play.

It was a heated affair on the touchline as well, with Pitso Mosimane exchanging some unpleasant words with the City technical bench.

Perhaps what frustrated Mosimane more was another lacklustre performance from his team since the return of the PSL.

Sundowns don’t look themselves without their vocal 12th man, the fans, at the Pretoria stadium.

In most games it was their loud fanbase that cheered the team to victory at the ground.

They were, of course, also the away team under the new normal of the “PSL bubble” to finish the season.


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