If Sundowns continue with their remarkable form it will take something truly special to remove them from their perch. Whether it might be an unbelievable winning streak by Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town City or any of their closest competitors, however, it does seem highly unlikely that Sundowns will fall.
Now that Sundowns have tasted the spoils of continental success, it is rather evident where their priorities lie. The days of settling for mediocrity are over and continental success has become the order of the day. South African football as a whole, needs to show gratitude towards Sundowns.
The Champions League winners have instilled a sense of pride for the South African game. For many years South African football boasted a world class infrastructure and a financially lucrative league but on the field we had little to show for it.
Now with Downs holding Africa’s crown, other South African football clubs are no longer looked down upon. The conquest of Africa has had a runoff effect as PSL clubs who previously overlooked continental competitions, in favor of domestic success, are learning from the Brazilians. Sundowns success will now only buoy them on for further glory, and for Mosimane a return to the Fifa Club World Cup will be his next goal, as he feels he has unfinished business there.
Nonetheless, for now a jubilant giant will look to dominate South Africa and continue to set the bar as the rest of South Africa looks to follow. Who’s to say Sundowns cannot replicate the dominance of Egyptian giants Al Ahly or Mazembe?
After all, their return to continental competition next month will see them display an even stronger squad than what was used in the 2016 campaign. PSL and African football clubs really should be wary of what lies ahead for Sundowns as the Sky is truly the limit.