Mamelodi Sundowns 3-4 Kaizer Chiefs, 2004/05
Collins Mbesuma hit a hat-trick as Kaizer Chiefs beat Mamelodi Sundowns 4-3 in a thrilling match during the 2004/05 season. Do you recall what happened?
Chiefs take on Sundowns in a crunch league clash at the same venue on Saturday, a fixture that unlike the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates, has generally seen plenty of goals in the last few decades.
It will be a big test of Chiefs’ championship credentials this season and pits one of the country’s meanest defences against the best attack.
It should make for compelling viewing, just as it was in the 2004/05 season when Amakhosi edged Sundowns in a seven-goal thriller that brought out the best in red-hot marksman Mbesuma.
The match formed part of a 19-game unbeaten run for Chiefs in the league that spurred them to the title as they pipped Pirates by two points at the top of the table come the end of the campaign.
That season was also the making of Mbesuma, who netted 35 goals in all competitions, remarkable form that has not since been repeated and saw him win a move to then English Premier League side Portsmouth.
Sundowns ended the campaign in third, watching on as Chiefs defended their title, though The Brazilians would go on to win the next two league championships (2005/06 and 2006/07) to exact some revenge.
But their match against Chiefs at Loftus Stadium on February 19, 2005, provided one of the highlights of that most remarkable campaign.
Paulus Masehe gave Sundowns the early lead on eight minutes, before a quick-fire double from the visitors just before halftime turned the game on its head as David Radebe and Mbesuma found the back of the net.
Sundowns came roaring out in the second period though and Godfrey Sapula (pictured below) drew them level just before the hour-mark.
The game was teetering on a knife-edge, but just a minute later, while the Sundowns fans were still celebrating, Mbesuma had Chiefs back in front and when he completed his hat-trick three minutes after that, it looked like the points were won.
But Joseph Mthombeni grabbed a rare goal for Sundowns to set up a grandstand finish, though the home side were unable to push for an equaliser and Chiefs won the day.
Their coach, the late Ted Dumitru (pictured above), scoffed at suggestions that it was a sign Chiefs would retain their title.
“I honestly believe that it’s too early to start talking about defending our championship because anything can still happen,” he said after the match.
“There are going to be upsets along the way that will have an effect on everybody.”
The result forced Sundowns coach Angel Cappa to write off his team’s championship chances, and Chiefs went on to retain their title.