In a historic feat, Mamelodi Sundowns have etched their name in the annals of South African football by equaling Kaizer Chiefs’ remarkable 18-year record of 31 league games without suffering a defeat.
Sundowns achieved this milestone with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on a memorable Wednesday evening.
Lucas Ribeiro Costa was the hero of the day, securing the crucial win for Sundowns with a well-executed first-half penalty.
Mamelodi Sundowns Equal Kaizer Chiefs’ League Unbeaten Record
This victory marked the 31st consecutive league match without a loss for Sundowns, a record previously held solely by Kaizer Chiefs since 2005.
Sundowns’ remarkable journey began on September 2, 2022, when they last tasted defeat in a league match, succumbing to a 2-1 loss against their neighbors, SuperSport United.
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Since that defeat, Sundowns have exhibited a stellar performance, winning an astonishing 25 out of the 31 league matches and settling for draws in the remaining six.
Comparing The Records
Comparing this remarkable achievement to Chiefs’ record-breaking run in 2005, we find notable distinctions.
Chiefs, at that time, won 15 and drew 16 of their 31 league matches, eventually seeing their unbeaten streak come to an end in November 2005.
Sundowns’ record-breaking feat is characterized by a higher number of wins, highlighting their dominance in South African football.
The Man Behind Mamelodi Sundowns’ Unbeaten Run
Behind this incredible success story is Rhulani Mokwena, who has been at the helm of Sundowns for 42 matches across all competitions.
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Mokwena’s managerial prowess shines through as he has secured victory in 30 of these matches, drawn 11, and suffered only one loss.