Mamelodi Sundowns' Remarkable Streak
Sundowns Defeat Stellenbosch 3-1 in Rain-Soaked Clash, Extending Unbeaten Run to 32 Matches
Mamelodi Sundowns continued their remarkable winning streak in the Premier Soccer League, maintaining a flawless record with a 3-1 triumph over Stellenbosch in a rain-drenched contest in Tshwane. The game encountered a 35-minute delay due to heavy rainfall in Pretoria, resulting in challenging playing conditions that forced both teams to rely heavily on long passes during the early stages.
In the 14th minute, Stellenbosch seized the lead through a skillfully executed set-piece by 23-year-old Devin Titus. Nevertheless, Mamelodi Sundowns relentlessly pursued an equalizer and achieved success 20 minutes later when Grant Kekana converted a pass from Bongani Zungu. The defending champions entered halftime with a 2-1 advantage, courtesy of Aubrey Modiba's splendid free-kick finding the back of the net in the 39th minute.
The crowning moment was delivered by 16-year-old Siyabonga Mabena, who slotted home a pass from Peter Shalulile during stoppage time, earning the distinction of becoming the youngest player in PSL history to score in a league match.
Coach Rhulani Mokwena's strategic adjustments against a formidable opponent paid dividends, raising questions about how other teams, including Orlando Pirates, can contend with Masandawana in the title race. Orlando Pirates have struggled when tinkering with their winning lineup, suffering three consecutive losses under coach Jose Riveiro's experimentation.
A standout performer in the match was Aubrey Modiba, reaffirming his value by excelling in midfield and netting the decisive goal as Masandawana extended their league-winning streak to eight matches. With this commanding performance, it seems that no other team can mount a serious challenge to Mamelodi Sundowns for the league championship. They are heavily favored to secure their seventh consecutive title in as many seasons.
Furthermore, Sundowns etched their names in history by becoming the first team to go 32 matches without a defeat in the South African top division, with their last loss dating back to September 2, 2022, against SuperSport United. The match showcased exceptional teamwork, exemplified when captain Peter Shalulile selflessly set up Mabena for an easy finish in injury time.
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