DStv Premiership: 5 Talking Points Ahead of Final Fixtures As Sundowns Win, and Khune Is Celebrated

DStv Premiership: 5 Talking Points Ahead of Final Fixtures As Sundowns Win, and Khune Is Celebrated

Byron Pillay
May 19, 2024 at 11:19 AM
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  • The DStv Premiership will conclude next weekend, with all 16 teams playing their final games
  • Mamelodi Sundowns are two games away from ending the league season without a single loss
  • Kaizer Chiefs have a fight on their hands as they look to secure a top-eight finish this season

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The penultimate game week of fixtures didn’t produce many goals, but it did provide plenty of talking points ahead of the final games.

Mamelodi Sundowns are two games away from ending the season unbeaten.
There are a few talking points heading into the final games of the season, including Mamelodi Sundowns' quest to be invincible and Kaizer Chiefs' battle to finish in the top eight. Image: Ayman Aref.
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Sports Brief looks at five of these talking points.

5 talking points from DStv Premiership

Sundowns chase historic unbeaten streak

Mamelodi Sundowns are still on course to finish the 2023/24 season unbeaten.

The Brazilians have not lost a single game this season and have two games to go to be considered Invincibles.

Rulani Mokwena’s side fought out a 1-0 win over Stellenbosch FC. To make history, they only need to draw or beat TS Galaxy and Cape Town City.

Their victory over Stellies also extends their overall unbeaten run to 52 games in the league. Sundowns last lost a league game in September 2022 when SuperSport United beat them, the PSL noted.

Itumeleng Khune isn’t retiring

After 25 years of service to Kaizer Chiefs, the club paid tribute to keeper Itumeleng Khune.

The keeper was given a guard of honour before the game and even had a few minutes of game time, as he came on for the final 15 minutes.

While many viewed the game as Khune’s last home appearance for the side, the veteran keeper cleared the air after the game that he wasn’t going anywhere, Soccer Laduma reported.

“It’s not a farewell; the club made it clear that they are honouring me for 25 years of service. They didn’t say we’re bidding farewell to Itumeleng Khune.”

The CAF spots are yet to be decided

Sundowns have won the DStv Premiership, which guarantees their place in the CAF Champions League, but the race for second is still on.

Stellenbosch occupy second place, a point above Orlando Pirates, with one game left.

Stellies will face Richards Bay in their final fixture, while Pirates will face SuperSport United.

Royal AM are not yet safe

Shauwn Mkhize’s Royal AM are still not guaranteed safety this season.

The KwaZulu-Natal side secured a draw against Chippa United, bringing their total to 30 points, three ahead of Richards Bay behind them.

Natal Rich Boys were beaten 3-1 by Cape Town City but can still mathematically climb out of the relegation zone with a win in their final game. They also would need Moroka Swallows to beat Royal AM convincingly on the final day.

Chiefs could miss out on 8th

Kaizer Chiefs have had another trophyless season but can salvage some pride by finishing eighth.

A top-eight finish will mean that the Amakhosi earn a place in next season’s MTN8 tournament.

They face stiff competition as they are level on points with Polokwane City and AmaZulu FC. Lamontville Golden Arrows and Chippa United can also leapfrog them on the final day.

Chiefs will travel to the Mother City for their final game of the season when they take on Cape Town City, a team already relegated.

Chiefs to honour Khune

Sports Brief previously reported how Chiefs planned to honour their legendary goalkeeper, Khune.

The former Bafana Bafana shot-stopper has been with the Soweto-based club for over two decades.

The side honoured him for this achievement ahead of their game against Polokwane City in the league.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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