In City, Sundowns and Shalulile were up against a formidable foe who has had their number.
The Capetonians settled the quicker of the two, looking confident in front of a strong crowd at home.
This was not only the opening match of the season, but the first where 100% attendance of supporters was allowed since Covid-19 wreaked havoc in the country.
Thabo Nodada and debutant Luke Daniels missed glorious chances to give City the lead. Nodada and Daniels didn’t even force a save out of Ronwen Williams who was making his Sundowns’ debut.
Sundowns made them pay, punishing them in the first two big chances they got.
Even though they were far from their best, with Shalulile a passenger, Sundowns had enough firepower to start the season with a solid win.
It’s going to take a Herculean effort for the other 15 teams to stop this menacing yellow machine that has monopolised the league.
It’s not far-fetched to think that the S in the DStv Premiership stands for Sundowns — which would explain why the second letter is capitalised with the two that follow it in small letters.
Cape Town City 0
Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 2
Modiba 61, Zwane 63