From Denis Onyango’s acrobatics and athleticism in the MTN Cup final to Peter Shalulile’s perfect hat-trick against Moroka Swallows in the DSTV Premiership and Thapelo Morena’s last-gasp strike in the Nedbank Cup final, Bafana Ba Style were mesmerising across the three domestic competitions. They were a team littered with deep-rooted self-belief who never doubted their ability to win games.
The Chloorkop-side bagged a staggering 56 league goals in the just concluded season, a record in a 30-game PSL campaign. Thus, they also set a new top-flight record for the best goal difference in a single 30-game season with a mammoth figure of +36. Downs also finished with the best defensive record with just 20 goals conceded. Namibian goal-machine, Peter Shalulile was as sublime as ever. The 28-year-old most notably netted back-to-back hat-tricks against Golden Arrows and Swallows in April, went past the 20-plus goal mark in the league and finished with an impressive 23 goals, two shy of Collins Mbesuma’s league-record tally of 25 goals which was registered in 2005.
Shalulile who consequently won the PSL Top Goal Scorer Award praised The Brazilians for their unwavering desire en route to a memorable treble.
“As someone who progressed through the ranks (Academy) at Sundowns, winning the treble this season means so much to me. This is a motivation for the youngsters at the Academy to keep their eyes on the ball and never lose focus. I know it is not easy to break into the Sundowns First Team from the Academy, but they have to keep pushing hard in training. Sundowns is a club that strives for excellence and I am solid proof that determination pays if you do not give up. I hope my story inspires the upcoming youngsters at the club,” said Mkhulise. Clinching three titles in one season in South African football is a big deal. As the team fires up the engine again to chase continental glory next season, Sundowns will for now continue to bask in the euphoria of landing a rare domestic treble.
The Pursuit of Perfection remains the ultimate mandate!