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Former Orlando Pirates midfielder, Solomon Mathe has insisted that Mamelodi Sundowns will not find it difficult to dominate the Premier League Soccer football, even in the 2023/2024 season.

Sundowns have won the Premiership title six times in a row, and have collected some domestic official Cup competitions trophies along the way. This came after they had won the CAF Champions League title back in 2016.

And this season, Rulani Mokwena’s side got off to a flying start. They have won all their five games both in the league and the MTN8, this includes the hard-fought 2-1 win against rivals, Kaizer Chiefs at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Mother’s Day.

WHY MAMELODI SUNDOWNS ARE LIKELY TO WIN THIS YEAR’S LEAGUE TITLE

Speaking exclusively to LimSportsZone, Mathe, who enjoyed enormous success with the now-defunct Platinum Stars, said that Sundowns are likely to win their seventh consecutive league title, looking at the quality they possess.

“It’s too early (to say who will win the league) now, maybe after ten games we will know which teams are going to compete for the title,” Mathe told LimSportsZone.

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“But, Sundowns will compete to defend their title. They have quality players and everyone knows their roles. They looked solid in their first games.

“Sundowns are united, and they know how to win games. All players know their roles. They are consistent in terms of performance, so that gives them an advantage.”

WHY ORLANDO PIRATES FAIL TO STOP MASANDAWANA?

While admitting that Pirates have a chance to start this season at the top of the pile, and actually challenge Sundowns, Mathe has explained what he thinks makes the Sea Robbers fail to challenge for the league title.

“Sundowns play as a team, while Pirates have some individuals who want to shine. If Pirates’ players can play as a team, they can stop Sundowns,” Mathe said.

“Pirates have a great squad. But they need to be consistent, you can’t win while you are still dropping points unnecessarily.

“You can’t win a match by five goals and then draw the next game. But, I think the reason there’s no consistency is because of changing the team now and then.”

Masandawana are on top of the DStv Premiership table with nine points, leading the Buccaneers by five points clear after three games into the season. Both clubs have advanced to the MTN8 semi-finals.

By Clifton Mabasa

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