Onyango: Heavy rests the crown

Sundowns have three league titles with coach Pitso Mosimane at the helm, but they have not been able to defend it on the two previous occasions. They will be looking to get their hands on the trophy again in the coming season, although it will not be as easy as that sounds.

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Not since Orlando Pirates in 2010/2011 and 2011/12 has a club in the top-flight defended the league title.

Sundowns start their season at home to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, looking to beat them again in the space of two weeks after their Shell Helix Cup meeting recently.

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“It becomes difficult in a way that everyone expects you to win. There’s pressure on us because we want to defend the title, which is a challenge because everybody wants to beat us as defending champions,” Onyango tells KickOff.com.

“But at the same time we must start on a high, not like last season. We play a big team in Kaizer Chiefs and it’s going to be a different game compared to win the one we played in pre-season. It’s challenging, but we need to beat them because we lost to them at home last season.”

Sundowns, meanwhile, will be without midfielder Andile Jali for the clash through injury.

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