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Mamelodi Sundowns Break 8 Year Old Kaizer Chiefs Record With Latest DStv Premiership Win
- Mamelodi Sundowns set a record for the most consecutive wins at the start of a league season
- Sundowns returned to the top of the league and still have four games in hand over the chasers
- Rulani Mokwena's team beat SuperSport United 2-0 in their first Tshwane derby of the season
Mamelodi Sundowns are re-writing the record books with every win they notch up.
Masandawana set a new record for the most consecutive wins at the start of a Premier Soccer League season.
The previous holders were Kaizer Chiefs, who set their record of eight wins in the 2014/15 season.
Sundowns won their ninth consecutive league game of the season when they beat SuperSport United 2-0, surpassing Kaizer Chiefs's eight, based on stats by OptaJabu.
In the 2014/15 season, Chiefs went on a 19-game unbeaten run at the start of the season, winning 14 and drawing five. Chiefs went on to win the league by 12 points.
According to FBRef, Amakhosi's first defeat came in the seventh month of the season when they lost 2-0 to SuperSport United. They almost went the season unbeaten at home but lost their last home game to Wits University.
Talk is already bubbling about 'invincibility' but Sundowns' worst enemy could be fixture congestion, with two tough league games in the last week of the year following their CAF Champions Leagues trip.
After two games against emerging Egyptians, Pyramids FC, Sundowns visit Cape Town City on Christmas Eve before hosting Moroka Swallows the day after Boxing Day.
Eric Tinkler or Steve Komphela would love to be the first domestic coach to inflict defeat on Rulani Mokwena but two Europeans will have the next opportunities to do so.
Pablo Martin's Amazulu are next in the league for Sundowns before Ernst Middendorp plots the most outrageous of upsets when rock-bottom Cape Town Spurs travel to Tshwane on December 13.
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