Sundowns crowned PSL champions third time in a row
The weekend hosted the last round of matches of the ABSA premier soccer league for one last time, as the next season of the league wouldn’t be sponsored by ABSA.
After a five-month break due to the pandemic, the league resumed. Kaizer Chiefs seemed to be in the driver’s seat with more than 300 days on top of the log with the previous champions Mamelodi Sundowns behind by 13 points.
Pitso Mosimane’s team played like true champions and climbed their way back to the top as Chiefs choked and dropped vital points, giving away their 13 point lead. Both teams ended up with 57 points and Chiefs were only leading by a goal difference of two goals headed into the last round matches of the weekend.
Sundowns defended their title successfully after defeating Black Leopards by three goals to nothing, while Chiefs lost their match to Baroka FC.
In the 12th minute, Sundowns threatened to draw first blood but nothing came of their attempts until eighteen minutes later their efforts were rewarded when they received a penalty. When defender Khomosto Masia of Leopards miss-timed his tackle and fouled Themba Zwane.
Keeper of Leopards, King Ndlovu pulled off an amazing double save denying Ricardo Nascimento and kept the Brazilians at bay. 41 minutes into the game Motjeka Madisha’s header hit the woodwork, in added time of the first half, the woodwork came to the rescue of Black Leopards again when the ball deflected out into the keeper’s hands, Ndlovu.
Moments before the break, Zwane set up Lebohang Maboe who punished his opponents, 1-0 was the score for half-time. In 53 minutes Maboe, again with an assist from Zwane, scored his brace. In the dying minutes of the match substitute Keletso Makgalwa set-up Maboe to complete his hat-trick with a header to secure the win and the league for his team.
The winning coach had mixed feelings but was thrilled to have his team be the one to win the league the last time, as when interviewed by SuperSport, he said; “I think it is the best way to give a send-off. I think we’ve won it most and ABSA, they should love us and we love them.”