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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...

Anonymous
posted: 07:51 am
Congrats to you Mabujwa-MaSorghum-Matsatsantsa a Pitori.You are simply the best.To my homies...Colly,Tommy,Freddy(Trompie),Bas Jan & your 51 supporters...well done boys...keep on doing the good work.You put our kasie(Attridgeville aka LeAshma aka Peli)on the map.But next season Mzantsi will be painted ka bo Yellow.

The Sky is the limit
Big Dude
posted: 08:01 am
Congrats to Gavin Hunt for being the first and only Coach to win the PSL 3 times in a row. Salute
Anonymous
posted: 08:15 am
hehehe!!!baba Professor...told u sunflops will flop,
Congratulations to 3times PSL Champs SS UNited
Anonymous
posted: 08:48 am
SHAPA MATSATSATSA SHAAAPA,WLL DONE BOYS U RAELLY DESERVE IT.
Anonymous
posted: 08:53 am
Sundowns still have a chance

Yes, Sundowns still have a chance to win the league. This is according to calculation experts Wonder and Sweyts (the organizers). If six points are deducted from SSU for fielding improperly registered player, lose their last game and Sundowns win the last one, then Sundowns will win the league.
Anonymous
posted: 09:29 am
Well done, Huntie & the boys.
Anonymous
posted: 09:46 am

A team managed by professionals who have great respect for competency and education. Gavin Hunt: invested in upskilling himself and now we are seing the result. T Madigage your time has come to run with your own team and proove yourself. To SSU players, u guys are pure professionals.
As for my Team Pirates: Once again I am dissapointed, but the jersey is nice and quality. To chiefs: Please keep VV, he is a professional
To Sundowns: U guys tried and made the league exciting, u also bought wisely this season
Dave10
posted: 09:50 am
BrokeFan: 2010-02-25 08:53

Heheheheheehe...Uyahlanya wena, serious..!!!

Ok, according to Tradition Dr Kaizer a.ka Mr Standard7 Motaung, Ch!mps will win the league only if it was democratic. he has written a proposal to the league to level the playing field by allowing PSL Champa to be voted by the public, in that way he says it gives everybody an equal chance.

As is, the democrats (As Ch!mps and its supporters call themselves) do not recognise the current Champs as they argue that they status was not voted for by the public. they are said to have support from across the Limpopo borders from the one and the only Uncle Bob, report Reuters....!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 am
Wonder: 2010-02-25 09:50

hahahaha...hehehehe...you are sick...democratically no one will ever take it away from us. hahahaha...Musona won Jet Rookie of the month without touching the ball, all thanks to votes...I can't wait for trophies season where we will be doing what we do best....
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 am
well done you clever boys. seems you left the best for last. Haskins thank you for a good performance, not only did you score the goal of the night, you salvaged a dead ball and turned it into the winning goal.
too matsatsantsa, Gavin and the boys congrats, you are worthy champs.
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