Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Cape Town City: Masandawana clinch record-extending fifth successive PSL title
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Terrence Mashego of Cape Town City, April 2022
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Themba Zwane, who has been one of Brazilians' most influential players this season, was neutralised by the Citizens defenders on the night

Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned 2021/22 Premier Soccer League champions despite drawing 0-0 with Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Wednesday night.

It is a record-extending 12th league title for the Tshwane giants in the PSL era which began in 1996 with their Gauteng rivals, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates having won four championships each. Denis Onyango became the first player to win nine PSL titles having shared the previous record (eight) with Hlompho Kekana.

Aubrey Modiba was recalled to the starting line-up as the Sundowns co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena made one change to the team which drew with Angola's Petro de Luanda in the Caf Champions League match on Saturday. Masandawana had to avoid a defeat in order to be crowned this season's PSL champions. 

While City had to win the game in order to keep their hopes of finishing in the top three alive having seen their four-match winning streak being halted by a draw against Royal AM on April 16. Khanyiso Mayo, who had scored five goals in his last eight matches across all competitions, led the attack for the Citizens. 

Sundowns were quick off the blocks as they looked to grab an early goal in order to unsettle the City defence. The first real chance of the game fell for Neo Maema, whose shot was fantastically saved by a diving Hugo Marques, who has been one of the most outstanding goalkeepers this season.

This proved to be one of Masandawana's two shots on target in the first half as most of their goal-bound shots were blocked with the visitors putting their bodies on the line. Grant Kekana was afforded space and time to shoot from inside the Citziens' box, but Terrence Mashego blocked his attempt and Themba Zwane's low shot from the area hit Taariq Fielies's back.

The Citizens looked dangerous on the counterattack with Craig Martin and Darwin Gonzalez using their explosive speed in the wings. However, Mayo and Gonzalez couldn't keep their shots on target after connecting with crosses from the wide areas failing to seriously test keeper Onyango in the hosts' goal-posts. 

The last chance of the first half fell for Kekana after he had pushed forward while operating as a right-back in the absence of Thapelo Morena and Khuliso Mudau. The Sundowns defender was superbly denied by Marques and the score was 0-0 during the half-time break with City having contained Sundowns in the first half.

The Citizens came back rejuvenated following their half-time team talk with coach Eric Tinkler and they threatened first through their top scorer in the current season, Mduduzi Mdantsane. The Bafana Bafana international turned brilliantly inside the hosts' box, but he failed to keep his attempt on target.

Mokwena and Mngqithi then introduced Divine Lunga and Gaston Sirino as the Brazilians looked to change the complexion of the game and break the deadlock. Modiba cut inside from the right hand and he unleashed a rasping shot which was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Angola's finest keeper, Marques.

With City's defence looking solid and compact, Sundowns resorted to crosses and long-range shots. Thabiso Kutumela also had his attempt from range saved by Marques in the closing proceedings as the FC Porto academy product became PSL's outright leader in terms of clean sheets (12) this season with the two teams drawing 0-0 on the night.

Therefore, Sundowns were crowned the PSL champions and it was also a record-extending fifth consecutive league title. Masandawana will now face off with Royal AM in the Nedbank Cup semi-final match on Saturday, while City remained third on the log and they are set to take on Chiefs in a PSL match on Saturday.