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SuperSport are champions again!

Posted: 24 February 2010 Time: 21:52

SuperSport United were crowned Absa Premiership champions for the third season in a row, despite losing 2-1 to Bidvest Wits in Atteridgeville on Wednesday night.

It was not the best performance by United, as they squandered scoring chances. Wits, on the other hand, took the very few chances they had, and moved away from the relegation zone.

Gavin Hunt will be happy with his third title, but disappointed in the way his team performed as they had the lion’s share of possession and dictated terms from the first whistle.

The first real chance on goal for United came on 16 minutes when Daine Klate played a ball over the top of the Wits defence for Anthony Laffor to run onto.

Laffor, after a struggle with his marker, managed to latch onto the ball and get a shot off, but his effort went narrowly wide.

Despite their dominance United went behind in the 26th minute, completely against the run of play.

Mark Haskins picked up the ball in the middle of the park and drove forward for Wits. He let loose with a venomous shot that sailed past a sprawling Emille Baron in goals. The keeper could do nothing but watch the ball sail past him, 1-0.

Thereafter, the champions piled on the pressure. In the 32nd minute, Brian Umony broke through on goal and only had the keeper to beat, but Francis Chansa spread himself well to deny the striker.

But the keeper failed to clear the danger. A cross then came in and Umony headed over a stranded Chansa, 1-1.

Umony almost found his side’s second goal in the 41st minute, and pulled another great save out of Chansa when he dribbled his way into the box and fired a powerful shot goalwards. The Wits keeper was at full stretch to turn his effort around the post for a corner.

Again, against the run of play, Wits had a chance to take the lead in injury time of the first half when Patrick Phungwayo picked out an unmarked Fabricio Rodrigues on the edge of the six yard box. Rodrigues, however, could only head over the crossbar.

The second 45 minutes settled into a similar rhythm, with SuperSport dictating the terms of play.

But United could not capitalise on all their pressure and again Wits went into the lead against the run of play in the 68th minute.

The goal came after Rodrigues attacked down the left flank and supplied an inch-perfect cross for Calvin Kadi.

The United defence seemed to go to sleep as Kadi side-footed the ball home from only a couple of yards out, 2-1.

United tried to fight their way back into the game but the stubborn defence of the Students stood strong and the game ended 2-1 in favour of Wits.

Although SuperSport will be disappointed with the loss, they still walked away PSL league title winners for the third year in a row following Mamelodi Sundowns’ 2-0 defeat at the hands of relegation-bound Jomo Cosmos.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:58 pm
Wow, Gavin n Thomas really r amazing..Morgan Gould was outstanding this season as well as Glen Salmon..congrats guys, u deserve it, nawe 'i hate downs' i hope ujabulile
next season its cumn bak 2 Soweto lol

Gucci Man
posted: 10:00 pm
Well done to SSU you derseve it guys, Congrrrrrrrr
To Sundowns , you guys played very well and I respect you guys for your determination ,dedication in the last phase of this competition, it was to little too late , all the best for next season

to my team: KHOSI FAMILY we need quality players this season pls Bobby , pls we need good strikers, well done to you guys as well you tried but it was good enough for the KHOSI FAMILY . We need to pull our sock

To Pirates : The least said about you the better , good luck for next season even though you not gonna win a trophy/ anidobhi niks = gauranteed

My blood is GOLD & BLACK
posted: 10:02 pm
A well deserved marathon victory! All hail Matsatsantsa!

Siyaya eSiyoni! Siyaya! Siyaya eSiyoni! Siyaya!
posted: 10:14 pm
Although we didnt perfom gr8..am glad the trophy is stil ourz..hope we dont repeat the sam mistake next season its gona cost us in the end..ada wise shaapaaa matsatsantsa!! Shaapaaaaaaa!
posted: 10:19 pm
Well done Tsatsantsa, well deserved indeed. See u next season
posted: 10:22 pm
Legend blamed for title loss

Mambush, a rock solid Sundowns legend who in 20 yrs of playing time was never carried out of the field on a stretcher nor treated for an injury is blamed for the Sundowns lose to Cosmos. Mambush caused a great headache in the dressing rooms before the game with his debtors’ book and a sjambok: “May I have what is due to me before you go spend all your money on scarves?” demanded the Chloorkop Tuckshop owner. Hearing this, Brian Baloyi went for a run. The coach had no choice but to give the goalkeeping position to Calvin Marlin who had never seen a game in ages. “Had Brian started in the post, there’s no doubt Sundowns would have won the game” said the frustrated team spokesman Alex Shakoane. "Of all games, Mambush decided to collect his money at this crucial one" the distressing Mike Nanana Ntombela alluded.
posted: 10:23 pm
Congratulations to Hunt and company!
posted: 10:28 pm
I hate downs fans : 2010-02-24 22:14 [ Report ]

Although we didnt perfom gr8..bla! blah! e.t.c hooray!

Well done foe, you've won the race.... all twenty five of you were ecstatic at the stadium neverthereles!

SionSport4life! neh
posted: 10:28 pm
gongrats 2 matsatsantsa u guys derseved it.
posted: 11:14 pm
Whazzup ma-Snowflake?How is the night?

Ya neh,maybe you will shift your hatred to Mjomana we are sick of you.

Ndivuwo,kali,stanza,wanda,sweets,indian chicken,or whatever you call yourself these days,have a wonderful sleep.Rest in ''Piece''.

Khosi one way
posted: 12:05 am
well done boys...

koloi e tshweu.......!
posted: 12:07 am

Khosi B4 Birth
Khosi By Nature
Khosi For Life
Khosi Even After Death
posted: 12:13 am

Khosi B4 Birth
Khosi By Nature
Khosi For Life
Khosi Even After Death
posted: 12:21 am
Ka boyeeellow, sundawana kaboyeeeloww sundawana......lol

Asoze sa phela mandla masandawana we will fight till we lift this trophy.

By the way, our bechwarmer Fanyana Mokoena ends more than all SSU players combined and that make us deserve this league

Next season we'll even be more stronger. We are planning to sign the following:

Standton Fredericks
Quinton Fortune
Delron Buckley
Junaid Hardley
George Koumantarakis
Kerryn Jordaan
JJ Okocha
S Oliseh
Titi Camara
Abdulae Salamon Sao
Taribo West
Anthony Yeboa

hehehe... this are big names. We r going to kill Chimpz/ Zim Chips/ Mugabe Chips with their BY ONE GET ONE. lol

Khozi Elihle
Tshwane Derby
posted: 05:35 am
Gongrets to the Tshwane boys for making history, Matsatsantsa you the best yho!!!!!! to my team better try next season. $ky all the way
Super Green
posted: 06:49 am
Well done SuperSport. Hunt you are a damn good coach pity that other clowns at national team level don't see this.
posted: 06:53 am
Tshepi, SSU did not make nor break any history, they equalled Downs record. Unless you take Downs out of the equation.

By the way guys, SSU is now the second most succesful PSL team after Sundowns. They have been S.A Champs moretimes than Ch!ps and Pirates. Well done Tsatsantsa, you thouroghly deserved this one.
posted: 07:35 am
Congratulations 2 matsatsantsa. from management, technical staffs and diservably the players, you guys deserve to b champs. you start collecting points early and now is ur time 2 celebrate. Now that u matc sundawana on 3 in a row, can u pls set the new record (4 in a row). if u keep the about 905 of this boys then u can.
Congratulations guys.
posted: 07:41 am
posted: 07:45 am
Congratulations SuperSport United!
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