Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns exhibition game called off

The 2020 edition of the Shell Helix Cup has been called off, according to Stadium Management SA (SMSA).

Gauteng giants Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns have, over the past two seasons, met at FNB Stadium for the exhibition match which has taken place on the early stage of the campaign.

Shell Helix Cup called off

The ongoing pandemic crisis has interrupted the global sporting calendar, with the local soccer scheduled also impacted.

On Thursday, SMSA, who are the organisers of the game confirmed that it has been held off indiefinitely.

“We will share updates as soon as new information becomes available.”

Stadium Management South Africa

The previous two editions of the competitions have seen the two competitors share the spoils as they boast a win apiece.

The inaugural tournament saw Mamelodi Sundowns come off victorious after overcoming Kaizer Chiefs, with Jeremy Brockie and Themba Zwane giving the Pretoria outfit a two-nil lead before a late consolation goal from Bernard Parker made it 2-1.

Twice as many goals were scored in the latest edition of the friendly match, where Amakhosi exacted revenge with a 4-2 win.

On that occasion, former ‘Downs striker Leonardo Castro netted a hat-trick against his old side, with Khama Billiat – another ex-Brazilian – netting the fourth before the break, prior to a failed comeback which saw South Americans Jose Ali Meza and Gaston Sirino half the deficit.

The two sides are competing for the 2019/20 league title, with Chiefs four points above Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

It’s yet unclear whether or not the league will resume in the coming weeks, with a PSL Joint Liason Committee expected to provide clarity in the next few days.

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