Wednesday night marked the confirmation of Mamelodi Sundowns FC as champions of the 2015/16 Abdsa Premiership season.
This happened after Anthony Laffour scored three goals to earn himself a Man of the Match award when he buried AmaTuks further into the relegation battle against Jomo Cosmos, who are four points ahead of the Tshwane club with two matches to play.
The win against AmaTuks put the Pitso Mosimane’s men 8 points clear of Bidvet Wits who are in second place with 57 points and two matches to play.
The 2015/16 Abdsa Premiership title is Mamelodi Sundowns’s fourth trophy under Pitso Mosimane’s leadership, his second championship with the club and the club’s seventh title since the start of the PSL era.
IN THE TUNNEL
- Scenes at Absa Tuks Stadium as hundreds of Sundowns FC supporters broke the fence to enter the ground in celebration of the tittle. A vehicle carrying club president Patrice Motsepe who was brought on to the field to celebrate with players, was crowded / mobbed by jubilant fans as the driver struggled to transport him to safety. This as the players and technical teams from both clubs scurried through the tunnels as they all sought safety from the uncontrollable fans.
- Pitso Mosimane is Sundowns FC mentor responsible for delivering the second championship in three years and the fourth trophy in the same period. Congratulated Bidvest Wits for pushing them till the end, and also stated that he missed Stuart Baxter in the race.
- Mamelodi Sundowns FC’s Khama Billiat says: “I needs about a week to celebrate winning the league before I start thinking about the offers coming from overseas.”
- Hlompho Kekana said:”I still have a lot of years to give to South African football.” But when asked to compare the current team to the Sundowns of the early 2000’s, he said “ I don’t think that this team compares to that theam especially on the basis of quality. Their football is far better than ours, they were legends.”
- Shaun Bartlett says:”I don’t think all is lost. We have to work on our minds, and the ability to take pressure associated with the task ahead.”