Mamelodi Sundowns secured their record 10th Absa Premiership title and pipped Kaizer Chiefs in a drama-filled finale on Saturday.
With Chiefs leading holding a record 379 days at the summit of the South African top-flight with Sundowns chasing from the opening day of the season, Ernst Middendorp’s Amakhosi were favourites on the final day of the season.
In a day that marked the last ever Absa Premiership, with the league’s main sponsor pulling after more than two decades it was a fitting end to a glorious era.
Sundowns needed Chiefs to drop points or overturn a three-goal deficit as the approached the last game of the 2019/20 campaign in the bio bubble but looked to be heading for disappointment when their former attacking talisman Khama Billiat opened the scoring against relegation-threatened Baroka FC.
But Mozambique midfielder Manuel Kambala’s second-half strike opened the door for The Brazilians in the second-half as Lebogang Maboe’s hattrick inspired them three points over Black Leopards, who will now contest for the relegation play-off against TTM and Ajax Cape Town later this month.
It was the first time of the season that Sundowns occupied the top spot in the league as Pitso Mosimane completed a historic three-peat, a record fifth league title for himself and Masandawna’s 10th in the Absa Premiership era.
The Tshwane-based giants are now firmly on course for a domestic treble with the Telkom Knock Out secured and a date with Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup final set.
Elsewhere, Orlando Pirates secured their spot in the CAF Confederations Cup, the dejected Chiefs who missed out on their first title since 2015 will take part in the Champions League with Downs, while Polokwane City were relegated.
In what was a riveting end to one of the most iconic season’s to date, Mosimane and Sundowns wrote yet another incredible chapter in what seems to be a sporting dynasty in African football history.
We could not have done it without you Masandawana! 👆💛👆💛👆💛
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) September 5, 2020