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    Middendorp: “Sundowns have already won the DStv Premiership title”

    Having played 14 matches in the DStv Premiership season, Swallows FC coach Ernst Middendorp believes Mamelodi Sundowns have already won the league.

    The Dube Birds succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning league champions and the German mentor said the Brazilians deserve to lift the title.

    Speaking after the match on Tuesday night, Middendorp said Sundowns have resources and their quality cannot be matched by any team in the South African top flight.

    Coach Rulani Mokwena’s men brushed aside Swallows with a powerful second-half performance where goals in quick succession by midfielders Neo Maema (63rd minute) and Themba Zwane (67th) helped them to their eighth win on the spin.

    “I said it at the beginning of the season, the resources of a team like [Sundowns] are phenomenal,” Middendorp said after his team’s 2-0 defeat at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

    “Let’s not make jokes about it because at the end of the season, and this is a clear opinion, Sundowns will be at least 20 points in front of everybody.”

    The Tshwane giants have netted 13 goals without conceding in their past five league matches, and are head and shoulders above the rest because of the depth of their squad – reckons the former Kaizer Chiefs manager.

    “It is the reality because of the resources they have, the players they have in terms of fitness, cohesion, and very good understanding. Compliments to Sundowns with regards to their next league championship,” he added.

    “It is only May but they can celebrate with what I have seen today [Tuesday]. For me, it is clear they have already won the league — if they don’t continue with the way they are going at the moment they will only destroy themselves.

    “They are too smart, too clever and the resources are there — this championship is done for the season.

    “It is the reality because of the resources they have, the players they have, and their fitness, cohesion, and very good understanding.

    “Compliments to Sundowns with regards to their next league championship. It is only May but they can celebrate with what I have seen already today.

    “For me, it is very clear that they have won the league already, if they don’t continue with the way they are going at the moment they will only destroy themselves.”

    Up next for Sundowns is a clash against Richards Bay on Friday night in KwaZulu-Natal while Swallows will battle against Chippa United at home in Dobsonville.

    Main Image: Ernst Middendorp/Goal.Com

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