Sundowns win first South African title in six years

May 13, 2006

JOHANNESBURG, May 13 (Reuters) - Mamelodi Sundowns won the South African Premier League title on Saturday after playing out a goalless draw with runners-up Orland Pirates in the season's final round.

Pirates needed a six-goal victory to catch up with the Pretoria-based club and pip them on goal difference but the match proved only a precursor for a Sundowns' celebration in front of 40,000-strong crowd at Mabopane, outside the capital.

It was Sundowns' seventh title but their first in six years. They will bid for a double next Saturday when they face long-standing rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Cup final.

Chiefs finished third in the league.

Sundowns and Pirates will represent South Africa for a second successive year in the 2007 African Champions League.