Mamelodi Sundowns Showcase Their Brilliance in DStv Premiership: Dstv Psl Recap
During the past weekend’s local action, some of the league’s heavy hitters clashed, rivalries were reignited, and tensions grew amongst some of the most illustrious teams in the nation.
Smiso Msomi of IOL Sport examines five lessons from the weekend’s events:
The Champions elect keeps setting records.
Mamelodi Sundowns, the league’s reigning champions in the making, put on a polished display to defeat one of the two clubs that had previously defeated them this year while also breaking additional records.
In addition to extending the PSL’s all-time winning run to 15 games, Sundowns also broke the previous mark of seven straight victories set by the club in 1999 by the top-flight PSL team for consecutive league victories.
Additionally, coach Rhulani Mokwena made history by being the first coach to lead a PSL side to 11 straight victories.
Orlando Pirates suffered defeat from the Brazilians and accumulated unwanted records
Although the Buccaneers defeated Sundowns in the MTN8, the club’s supporters have frequently witnessed defeat to Ka Bo Yellow.
With their home defeat over the past weekend, Pirates have now dropped 25 league games against Sundowns, more than any other team in PSL history.
Additionally, Sundowns accomplished the first league double ever by defeating Kaizer Chiefs and both Pirates and their Soweto rivals.
Kaizer Chiefs keep packing arenas, but not nets
The Mbombela Stadium was packed with Glamour Boys supporters for their match against TS Galaxy.
But after 90 minutes, the Amakhosi supporters would have been left perplexed after yet another subpar goal-scoring performance against a Rockets team who played the entire game with 10 men.
Marumo Gallants are ready to combat.
The players’ struggle will be needed if they want to avoid the drop, and it appears that the technical team’s readjustment at Marumo Gallants has succeeded in doing so.
Bahlabane Ba Ntwa’s coach Raymond Mdaka led his team to their first victory in nine games and a third of the 2022–23 season, moving them up to third place in the standings, three points behind Swallows.
Difficult times for Usuthu and Arrows in KZN
Even though Richard’s Bay has raised the KwaZulu-Natal flag this season, AmaZulu and Golden Arrows, two of the biggest teams in the province, have reason to be concerned.
Usuthu’s third consecutive draw against Maritzburg United and only one win since the beginning of the year are concerning statistics for a team aiming for a top-four finish.
Due to their failure to keep out other clubs, Abafana Bes’thende are currently only one point above the relegation zone.