Mamelodi Sundowns on Course to Surpass Pitso Mosimane's DSTv Premiership Points Record

Mamelodi Sundowns on Course to Surpass Pitso Mosimane's DSTv Premiership Points Record

Robert Abong'o
updated at May 15, 2024 at 5:12 PM
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  • Mamelodi Sundowns are inching closer to Pitso Mosimane's points record
  • The Brazilians extended their unbeaten run to 51 DSTv Premiership games
  • Coach Rulani Mokwena has praised his team's resilience and consistency

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Reigning DSTv Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, have continued their relentless march towards the record books.

Masandawana secured a convincing 2-0 victory over Royal AM in KwaZulu-Natal in the league on Tuesday, May 14, courtesy of goals in each half by Pater Shalulile and Lesiba William Nku.

The victory moved them to 69 points after 27 games, bringing them one step closer to eclipsing the impressive tally set by their former coach, Pitso Mosimane.

Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate scoring a goal in the CAF Champions League group B match vs Al-Ahly at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on March 11, 2023. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
Mamelodi Sundowns are inching closer to breaking Pitso Mosimane's DSTv Premiership points record. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
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The match was a closely contested affair, with both teams showcasing their attacking prowess from the outset. However, it was Sundowns who gradually asserted their dominance, controlling the tempo of the game and creating a host of scoring opportunities.

They eventually broke the deadlock in the 40th minute via Shalulile's brilliant bicycle kick, and they never looked back.

Rulani Mokwena's men continued to pile on the pressure in the second half, and their efforts were rewarded when Lesiba Nku doubled the lead with a well-taken curling shot in the 73rd minute. Although Marcelo Allende missed a late penalty, the victory was never in doubt, as they extended their unbeaten run to 51 league matches.

Sundowns close in on Mosimane's record

As per iDiski Times, the win brought them closer to Mosimane's record of 71 points in a single season, a testament to the team's relentless pursuit of excellence.

Mokwena, who was recently awarded the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for April, praised his team's resilience and consistency despite the demanding schedule that has included league fixtures, domestic cup matches, and CAF Champions League encounters.

"I was an assistant coach to the previous coach for a long time, and the last coach was here for eight years. We only played the semi-final twice because we got into the final the other time. But after that, in eight years, we only played the semi-final once and lost," Mokwena said, drawing parallels to the challenges faced by Mosimane in his quest for continental glory, as reported by The South African.

Mokwena still hurt by Champions League exit

Sports Brief reported that Mokwena was still hurt by Sundowns' defeat in the CAF Champions League defeat at the hands of Esperance.

He stated that claiming the treble this season would not compensate for the disappointment of exiting in the semi-finals.

Mokwena believes that adding another trophy to the Sundowns collection will not erase the pain of their loss on the continental stage.

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