Mamelodi Sundowns win over Stellenbosch matches Orlando Pirates PSL record as Kaizer Chiefs longest unbeaten run up next for catch

Mamelodi Sundowns’ 2-1 win over Stellenbosch means they are two games away from matching one of Kaizer Chiefs’ PSL records.

Sundowns are the only club yet to suffer defeat in the league this term having played 17 games that have produced 11 wins and six draws.

Through that run they have now matched Orlando Pirates’ 17-game unbeaten start from the 2004/05 season. Bucs went without defeat in the opening 17 league games under Kosta Papic in the days when everything about their attack was pace, playing their home games at Ellis Park.

They were stopped by SuperSport United and eventually lost four league games to end up as runners-up to Chiefs.

The Brazilians are now also a stone’s throw off the longest start without defeat ever recorded in PSL history, achieved by Chiefs in the 2014/15 season.

Amakhosi cruised to a start of 19 league matches unbeaten in the 2014/15 season before they came stuck against SuperSport United in game number 20. They were champions at the end of that season and lost just three league games under Stuart Baxter.

The least number of defeats recorded all season through the PSL years was in 2004/05 when Chiefs lost just twice on their way to being crowned champions under the late Ted Dumitru.

Even stretching back to the pre-PSL era two defeats still remains the least number of defeats with Sundowns’ championship winning class of 1990 losing twice in 34 games.

Already sitting on a 24 games unbeaten run in all competitions, thoughts of Sundowns going on to become the first club to complete the league cycle of home and away matches undefeated are within reason.

Sundowns sit top despite having two games in hand over second-placed Golden Arrows having already completed their first round of fixtures against all other 15 clubs in the league, and having also played Baroka in the second round.

The Brazilians must play all other 14 clubs besides Baroka in the remaining 14 league games and if they avoid defeat then they will add another new chapter to domestic football by becoming the first ‘Invincibles’.

Last season the record-setters from Chloorkop completed ‘La Decima’ – their 10th league title in the PSL era.


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