Sundowns crowned league champions for a record-extending 11th time

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Aubrey Modiba celebrates a goal with teammates as Sundowns beat SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld to clinch the league with three more games left this season. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images
Aubrey Modiba celebrates a goal with teammates as Sundowns beat SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld to clinch the league with three more games left this season. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images

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Mamelodi Sundowns are truly in a league of their own.

The Brazilians have secured a record-extending 11th league title following their 3-1 win over SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night.

Downs have now won quadruple consecutive league titles. The club has won it with an unbelievable three games to spare. The team now has 60 points from 27 games.

This means almost half of the league titles in the 25 seasons in the PSL era have gone to Chloorkop.

AmaZulu are the only club that showed some resistance to their dominance but Benni McCarthy’s Usuthu can only accumulate 59 points in the league and cannot catch them now.

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The KZN club is on course to finish second and to make history by qualifying for their maiden CAF Champions League.

This league title win wasn’t as dramatic as last season where they dislodged Kaizer Chiefs from the summit of the table on the final day of the season.

Sundowns’ only blemish would be their one loss this season in the league against Chiefs.

This is the clubs first without coach Pitso Mosimane who left the club at the start of the season to join Egyptian giants Al Ahly. The club won the previous three league titles under the mercurial Mosimane, who was surprisingly insulted by some fans overt he weekend when Al Ahly played Sundowns.

The coaching trio of Manqoba Mngqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela has led the team to glory despite concerns at the start of the season from fans.

Off the field it has been a difficult season for the club that mourned the deaths of two players – Anele Ngcongca and Motjeka Madisha, both died in separate car accidents.

It is also the first title win under new chairman Tlhopie Motsepe who replaced his father Patrice, who is now CAF president.


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