PSL: Sundowns crowned champions
Mosimane’s move to Mamelodi Sundowns has seen the Brazilians outscore every team in the league.
JOHANNESBURG - From his disappointment as Bafana Bafana coach where Pitso Mosimane famously said "show me the strikers", his move to Mamelodi Sundowns has seen the Brazilians outscore every team in the league on their way to their first ABSA Premiership title since 2007.
Masandawana lost just five out of 30 matches this season, that's just 16 percent. Consistency was the key to success for Sundowns, who after winning Q1, 3 and 4, never saw them drop below third on the table all season.
It was at the Tshwane Derby, the penultimate match of the season, where the destination of the trophy was confirmed. Pitso's troops performed when it mattered most, beating Supersport United 3-0.
It meant their trip to Pietermaritzburg was purely a formality. Credit to Maritzburg United, they almost beat the champions, but a 90th minute equalizer from skipper Alje Schut ensured they would lose their last league match of the season.
After the match, the team lifted Mosimane up on their shoulders, trophy in hand. Champagne and confetti rained down on the players and the celebrations began under the gloomy Maritzburg sky.
For the rest of the league, places were still up for grabs. Kaizer Chiefs, early front runners for the title, saw their campaign fall apart at the start of the year, but errors, injuries and travelling for the CAF Champions League saw their quest to retain their title fall apart. They wrapped up their season with a 3-0 win over Amazulu to finish two points behind Sundowns while the loss meant Amazulu dropped out of the top eight.
Supersport United beat Polokwane City 4-2 to finish in fifth place, while the men from Limpopo will soon find themselves in the promotion/relegation playoffs.
Free State Stars' impressive 3-0 win over Moroka Swallows saw them avoid the playoffs by a single point. Orlando Pirates hammered Golden Arrows 3-1 to end fourth on the log, while Platinum Stars' 3-0 win over Ajax Cape Town saw them sneak into the top eight at the last minute.
So the eight teams to compete in the MTN8 are as follows: Mamdelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Wits, Pirates, Supersport United, Bloem Celtic, Black Aces and Platinum Stars.
Sundowns fans will remember this season for a very long time and will look forward to seeing their troops compete in next season's CAF Champions League alongside Chiefs. Wits and Pirates will represent South Africa in the Confederations Cup, with locals hoping for an impressive showing from the SA team in the continental showpieces. But for now, the PSL title is all that matters. Well played Masandawana, take a bow Pitso Mosimane.