Sponsors ABSA extend their congratulations to Mamelodi Sundowns for PSL title


Mamelodi Sundowns was congratulated by Bobby Malabie, Group Executive for Marketing and Corporate Relations: Barclays Africa after the Edenvale side clinched the most prestigious football league in South Africa following their 3-0 victory over Tuks University on Wednesday night.

Anthony Laffor bagged a hat-trick of goals to lend Sundowns that whitewash victory and have placed one hand on the PSL Trophy before the official celebrations.

Following the victory, the Downers move eight points clear at the top of the table above the second-placed Bidvest Wits, meaning with only two games remaining, they did enough to be crowned champions in the 2015/2016 season. Sundowns are currently on 65 log points, with Bidvest Wits on 57 points after both playing 28 games apiece and with two matches remaining.

The Chloorkop side will only officially be crowned on May 21st when they host their last Premiership encounter against the Platinum Stars at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

This marks the Downers seventh ABSA Premiership title and have cemented their status as the most successful side in the PSL era since it had emerged in 1996. Since the emergence, there have merely only been five title winners with exception to Sundowns, namely: Kaizer Chiefs with four wins (2003/04, 2004/05, 2012/13, 2014/15); Orlando Pirates with four wins (2000/01, 2002/03, 2010/11, 2011/12); SuperSport United with three wins (2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10); Santos with one win (2001/02) and Manning Rangers with one win (1996/97).

The Downers won it in 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2013/14 and now the seventh in this year’s 2015/16 season respectively.

“On behalf of Absa, I hereby extend our congratulations to the club on its outstanding performances during the 2015/16 Absa Premiership campaign and applaud the players, coach, management and supporters for contributing to the team’s success,” said Malabie in a released statement.

“Mamelodi Sundowns have consistently demonstrated that winning football can also be stylish and attractive. They successfully combined their flair with passion, commitment and determined focus in relentlessly pushing for the trophy they have already lifted on six occasions,” he added.

Malabie also piled on the praise for Coach Pitso Mosimane who had now won his second ABSA Premiership title in three years.

“We congratulate Pitso for his leadership in guiding the team through the season’s highs and lows and helping them achieve their ambitions on and off the field,” said Malabie.