How Early Can Mamelodi Sundowns Secure the DStv Premiership Title?

How Early Can Mamelodi Sundowns Secure the DStv Premiership Title?

Jarryd Westerdale
February 29, 2024 at 9:13 AM
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  • Mamelodi Sundown have a huge lead at the top of the DStv Premiership
  • SuperSport United and Cape Town City drew in the Mother City last night
  • Gavin Hunt and his Citizens side can only add 36 more points to their tally

Lifting the league title is a case of when, not if, for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Lyle Lakay's last-minute equaliser for SuperSport United in Cape Town moved the potential date for Sundowns' crowning a fraction closer.

Should Sundowns continue their winning streak, they could bring their seventh consecutive league title back to Chloorkop by mid-April.

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Mamelodi Sundowns could wrap the league title up by the end of April and force Kaizer Chiefs to give them a guard of honour if the results pan out. Photo: @MS_Sharpeville and @Soccer_Laduma.
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Masandawana have an 11-point lead over SuperSport and Cape Town City, with both of those sides inseparable, save for City's marginally better goal difference.

Sundowns also have two games in hand, placing their lead at a potential 17 points. With the two chasers only able to claim a further 36 points from their remaining 12 games, 25 more points for Sundowns will end the contest.

Of Sundowns' next seven games, five are against teams in the bottom half of the table. Their next fixture is likely to feature tasty touchline tension between the head coaches when they travel to Sead Ramovic's TS Galaxy.

There will be fireworks if the Bosnian-German becomes the first to defeat Rulani Mokwena in the league, and there will be a second encounter at a yet-to-be-decided date due to a game postponed earlier in the season.

SuperSport United are in that early window and a win there could bring the data forward further. That same weekend, March 30, Cape Town City play Kaizer Chiefs.

Should Sundowns win those seven and their chasers drop points, they will be within one win of the tile. They play Sekhukhune United on April 27, and then Chiefs on April 30.

The right set of results could have Sundowns either seal the league against Amakhosi, or force Cavin Johnson and company to give them a guard of honour, again.

Mokwena still hungry for Sundowns success

Mokwena's men set the record for the earliest league finish last season when they were crowned champions in 23 games.

His hunger has not dissipated, as displayed by comments relayed by SowetanLive after the AmaZulu win, where he said:

"We want more. More wins, more passes, more goals. More chances, more presses and everything."

Results will need to go their way for Mokwena to add to his list of personal bragging points, but the league is likely to be sealed before the fifth month of the year.

Pogisa Sanoka address Ramovic Mokwena rift

Sports Brief recently reported on TS Galaxy's captain commenting on the feud between Sead Ramovic and Rulani Mokwena.

Sanoka stressed that the conflict is not within the players' sphere of influence but affirmed the team's support for their coach.

The niggle followed Ramovic's criticism of Mokwena began after a Carling Knockout clash and escalated with a recent phone call.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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