SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan has congratulated newly-crowned Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns for showing utmost professionalism throughout the season.
Going into the last match of the covid-19 affected 2019/2020 season on Saturday afternoon, Sundowns beat Black Leopards 3-0 while long time log leaders Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Baroka FC.
This allowed the defending champions to snatch the title at the death while it was heartbreak for Chiefs supporters. The results also meant Baroka survived relegation while Leopards will have to go through the play-offs to see if they can preserve their PSL status.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sundowns Football Club for being true champions. This is their third league title on the trot and 10th overall and well done to coach Pitso Mosimane and his technical team for leading the team to the top again,” said Dr Jordaan.
The SAFA President said credit should also go to club President Patrice Motsepe for raising the bar within the professional wing.
“Competing in Africa year in year out and continuing to dominate on the domestic front shows the vision of club President, Mr Motsepe and his board. Winning the league title also means Sundowns will once again be representing South Africa together with Kaizer Chiefs in the CAF Champions League tournament while Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic will take part in the CAF Confed Cup.”
The SAFA President also commended the thrilling nature at which the league was decided, saying the final matches made for a grand finale and kept fans on their tenterhooks.
‘’Up until the final whistle, the league could have gone either way but ultimately Sundowns through their never-say-die attitude, prevailed. The club has done well in CAF club competitions and we look forward to them raising the South African flag again together with other continental representatives.
“When our clubs do well in CAF tournaments, it rubs off our national teams especially the senior men’s national team, Bafana Bafana,” concluded Dr Jordaan.