News from South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns: There were moments where we did not win matches but they were there with us – Coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

Mamelodi Sundowns have been crowned the Premier Soccer League champions for an incredible fifth time in five seasons after a 3-2 win against Royal AM on Monday evening.

The reigning champions survived an almighty scare after the majority of the players were booked out due to an outbreak of flu at the camp. The Brazilians mounted an amazing encounter at the Chatsworth stadium with goals from Gaston Sirino, Thabiso Kutumela and Peter Shalulile secured a win for the Tshwane giants.

“We were a little bit stripped apart with more than 20 players with the outbreak of flu, but the players that were there gave a really good account of themselves and they pushed very hard to make sure that at the end we win the match. We are very thankful for their efforts, and the work they put forward was really encouraging. We are proud of the players that we have and the fight because we told them that adversity is breakfast for Champions, and the fact that we are having all these breakouts and issues it must not deter us from fighting for a result and our players never failed us in that space. “ Downs Co-Coach Manqoba Mngqithi hailed the performance of his troops.

The clash between Thwihli Thwahla and Masandawana was postponed on Saturday afternoon before the first half break concluded due to bad weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal. Supporters of Sundowns traveled to the coast from all corners of the country to witness the historical crowning of the champions, however they were left with a heavy heart after the game was canceled and rescheduled to play on Monday. The Brazilians’ coach extended gratitude to their supporters for their overwhelming spirit:

“I just want to thank our people – the yellow nation. They were behind us even during the times when they could not come to the stadiums because of COVID-19, but they made sure that they supported the team even outside the pitch. Beating that drum you could feel it and for me that was real support and there were moments where we did not win matches but they were there with us. We lost against Stellenbosch in a game where I think we played very well but they supported us right through. They were there when we lost to Maritzburg United, and they were also there when we lost to AmaZulu and we really want to thank our supporters.”

“We want to thank the President of the club, the Chairman, the board, the management, my fellow coaches and the technical team and the support staff. More than anybody else, the players for such an enduring year where it was very hard, we played so many matches but they kept going and that for us was really important. We want to thank our players from the bottom of our hearts.”

Bafana Ba Style are hunting for another domestic treble as they head into preparation for the Nedbank Cup final against Marumo Gallants on Saturday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. 

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