Kaizer Chiefs were at the summit of the log from August 2019 to September 2020 but it was Mamelodi Sundowns who eventually walked away with the biggest prize in South Africa, securing the league title on the final day of the season. As a result, Sundowns have made history as they are the only South African team to win the PSL title in three successive seasons on two occasions.
Between 1998 and 2000, Sundowns dominated local football. SuperSport United won consecutive titles between 2008 and 2010 with Gavin Hunt at the helm of the Tshwane outfit. Now this season, after chasing Kaizer Chiefs for 13 good months, the Brazilians pulled the unthinkable, dethroning the Soweto giants to successfully defend their league title. Sundowns went into their game against Black Leopards fully aware that the title race wasn’t in their hands but were somehow hoping Baroka would do them a favour by at least denying Chiefs a win at Bidvest Stadium.
That’s how it panned out as Amakhosi stumbled against Baroka, playing to a 1-1 draw after letting their first-half lead slip in the 60th minute. Sundowns, on the other hand, scored three past Leopards – and that was enough for them to clinch the league title. At some point, Pitso Mosimane admitted the title might have gone after seeing his team drop crucial points along the way.
What makes this achievement sweeter for Sundowns and Mosimane is Chiefs were at some stage 13 points ahead of them. But this was when they were still busy with their Caf Champions League commitments, and that lead was reduced to 10 points in November 2019. The gap began to narrow as Sundowns crashed out of the Champions League and before the coronavirus pandemic hit South Africa in March, Mosimane’s men were just four points behind Chiefs with a game in hand.