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The defending Absa Premiership champions will again be the team to beat following a record breaking 2015-16 season. Pitso Mosimane's men accumulated a whopping 71 points (22 wins, five draws, three defeats) in 30 league fixtures.
It was the seventh time the Brazilians won South Africa's top tier title since 1996; making them the most successful team in the Premier Soccer League era.
Having also clinched Telkom Knockout glory in the 2015-16 season, Sundowns had to cut-short their off-season plans to take up AS VIta's place in the 2016 Caf Champions League group stages. Sundowns booking their place in the semifinals of the competition following a string of eye-catching performances as they aim to replicate what Orlando Pirates achieved on the African continent more than two decades ago.
Sundowns have enjoyed considerable success since Pitso Mosiamane’s appointment in December 2012, with the former Bafana Bafana mentor safely leading the club to clear of the relegation zone before going on to win the Absa Premiership title in his first full season in charge of the club.
The Brazilians have since added the Nedbank Cup, another Absa Premiership and TKO title to their trophy cabinet as they now go in search of African glory as per club owner Patrice Motsepe's request.
Sundowns first priority lies on home soil with ‘Jingles’ eager to see his side get their domestic season off to a good start, hoping that success in the MTN8 will spark an uncontrollable flame which will sweep up all the trophies on offer, ending with the club defending their league title , with the dream of continental domination.
With Sibusiso Vilakazi joining the likes of Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly an Leonardo Castro at Chloorkop - confidence will be high that Sundowns can achieve more silverware this season
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