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The champions of South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns, will play their first match as newly crowned kings of the PSL against Swallows.

The fortunes of the two clubs couldn’t be different. Sundowns, fresh off a 3-1 win over SuperSport United that confirmed them as champions for the fourth season running, are on a hot streak.

They have won their last four games. Their hosts, however, cannot stop drawing … they have taken a point from their last six games. It was five 1-1 draws in a row before a goalless stalemate against Stellenbosch.

Ruthless Sundowns are next for the home side, who have slipped to fifth in the table after accumulating 18 draws from their 27 games.

Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi insists his side will finish the campaign off well.

“We are looking forward to the last three games,” he said after watching Sundowns claim their 11th PSL trophy. “

We have our own targets. We would have loved to finish the league with a different number of points. But we can still get close.

“We did not have Peter and Gift today but we hope they are back for the last three games.

“I miss the fans singing. But the pandemic is still here and we can’t afford to have people in congested areas. It’s still very important to stay cautious and be responsible as a nation.”

It’s an ominous warning to Swallows, who have shown very little intent to win at any cost.

The match kicks off on Saturday at 5pm.

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