Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila wins first title with Mamelodi Sundowns
By Ameenu Shardow
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Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila has won the South African league with Mamelodi Sundowns following a comprehensive 3-0 win over SuperSport United on Tuesday night.
The Black Stars defender however watched proceedings from the bench as his colleagues went on to do the business before their home fans at the Loftus Stadium.
Sundowns however had to dig deep to get their hands on the title after being frustrated off the pitch in a barren draw at the end of the first half.
Pitso Mosimane’s side got the ball rolling five minutes into the restart with Surprise Moriri hitting the back of the net to send the home stadium agog.
Teko Modise then doubled the lead by hitting a long range shot over the displaced SuperSport United goalkeeper after 63 minutes to make the win and the title triumph – their first in seven years – entirely safe.
Striker Cuthbert Malajila however pooped up 16 minutes from time to put the gloss over the win with a neat finish.
Sundowns’ win over SuperSport – who had Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyimah in their starting line up – ensured they built an unassailable four-point lead with closest rivals Kaizer Chiefs also doing the business over Pretoria University.
This means the final league match for the Brazilians at Maritzburg United on Saturday has only been reduced to an official coronation no matter the game’s outcome.
The victory also means Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila will be collecting his first league medal just within a year of joining the club.
The Black Stars’ central defender has been an instant hit with the Chloorkop since his arrival from Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko.
He has managed to make 22 appearances for Sundowns in their 29 league games played so far this season with a game left to the end of the campaign.