By the numbers | Mamelodi Sundowns' remarkable dominance of South African soccer

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  • Mamelodi Sundowns Sundowns snatched a record-breaking fifth consecutive league crown with four games remaining in the season.
  • Co-coach Rulani Mokwena says "experience" and "consistency" got them over the line, even in difficult moments.
  • Sundowns now shift their focus to the Nedbank Cup semi-final against Royal AM on Saturday.

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena refutes the notion that winning a league title is "easy" after the club secured their fifth consecutive DStv Premiership crown on Wednesday.

The Brazilians only needed a draw against visitors Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld, and by the end of the final whistle, they were rejoicing as the match ended with neither side rattling the back of the net.

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It took Sundowns' points tally to 58 with four league games remaining, with second-place Royal AM 13 points adrift in what has been a one-horse championship title race.

In the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era, which kick-started in 1996, Sundowns have collected a mammoth 12 titles, while rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are tied in second with four league wins each.

Due to the Brazilians' domestic dominance, Pirates' last title success was the 2010/11 season, while Chiefs last reigned supreme seven years ago.

Most league titles in PSL era: *since 1996

Mamelodi Sundowns - 12

Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates - 4

SuperSport United - 3

Manning Rangers, Santos, Bidvest Wits - 1

Sundowns have netted 50 goals, 13 more than the next side in the league (Royal AM), while having conceded 14 times - the lowest of any club.

Added to that, with four league games remaining, Peter Shalulile is five goals away from breaking a 17-year goal-scoring record held by Collins Mbesuma. The Zambian scored 25 goals during the 2004/05 season for Kaizer Chiefs, while Shalulile is on 21

Mokwena and Manqoba Mnqgithi, meanwhile, have won their second league title as as co-coaches, equalling Stuart Baxter's feat achieved with Kaizer Chiefs.

Most successful coaches in PSL era:

Pitso Mosimane - 5

Ted Dumitru - 4

Gavin Hunt - 4

Gordon Igesund - 4 

Stuart Baxter - 2

Rulani Mokwena & Manqoba Mngqithi - 2

While the records keep piling up for Sundowns, Mokwena insisted winning the title was no walk in the park.

"No Championship is ever easy," Mokwena told reporters.

"There are difficult clubs... there are good clubs (to play against). Everybody plays with respect to try to help themselves.

"What has helped us, we were very consistent but also the experience of our players, the togetherness of our players and even the ability to stay together.

"Sometimes we speak about staying together in the bad moments, but it's also very easy to get separated in what you would call an animal farm in good moments. And that is what this group has done.

"They have shown love to one another, a sense of brotherhood. You can never speak about a championship being easy."

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Mokwena continued: "Sometimes you take it for granted how much effort goes into consistently for sixty matches in a season, that's very difficult - Champions League, MTN8, Nedbank Cup.

"You can get away with one or two bad performances, and you need a bit of luck to see you through, but definitely not in a league title. A league title, the best team normally wins, nine times out of 10."

Sundowns could make a domestic clean sweep - they've already won the MTN8 title and are in contention for a Cup-winner's medal, with a semi-final encounter against Royal Am at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19:00.

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