Tshwane giants Mamelodi Sundowns bag the Nedbank Cup

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Sundowns defender Tebogo Langerman was suspended for the match, yet was included in the match-day squad. He had four yellow cards.Picture: Gallo Images
Sundowns defender Tebogo Langerman was suspended for the match, yet was included in the match-day squad. He had four yellow cards.Picture: Gallo Images

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Mamelodi Sundowns completed their treble by winning the Nedbank Cup on Saturday night.

The Brazilians edged Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 courtesy of a Gaston Sirino strike at Orlando Stadium.

The Tshwane giants have now won the Absa Premiership, the Telkom Knockout and the Ke Yona Cup. The club has banked R26 million in prize money during the 2019/20 season.

It was Pitso Mosimane’s 11th title as Sundowns coach since arriving at the club in 2012. Last week, the former African kings snatched the league title from Kaizer Chiefs in a dramatic PSL final.

Despite their loss, Celtic have qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup due to the fact that the winners (Sundowns) will play in the CAF Champions League. Sundowns will exit the bio-bubble and return home to their families as champions.

The match was not without its fair share of drama, though. Sundowns defender Tebogo Langerman was suspended for the match, yet was included in the match-day squad. He had four yellow cards.

The Tshwane giants have now won the Absa Premiership, the Telkom Knockout and the Ke Yona Cup. The club has banked R26 million in prize money during the 2019/20 season

Langerman almost entered the match as a substitute, but the change didn’t happen.

The outcome of the final could be in jeopardy if the match goes into a dispute process.

Celtic were unable to repeat their 2012 feat, when they beat Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout final.

Rookie coach John Maduka has shown that he has the capacity to take charge of the team on a full-time basis.

Maduka took the helm after the departure of Lehlohonolo Seema before the resumption of the season.

The only games remaining in the bio-bubble are the promotional play-offs between Black Leopards, Ajax Cape Town and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.


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