Downs claim top spot, Set record

Mamelodi Sundowns clinched top-spot in Group C of the CAF Champions League after a 1-0 victory at home against Wydad Casablanca at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Downs had the first real opportunity of the game when Gaston Sirino found Themba Zwane unmarked with a quick free-kick before Zwane’s attempt forced a save from Ahmed Tagnaouti in goals.

Downs were forced to wait for the last minute of the first half as they took the lead in injury-time when Ricardo Nascimento stepped up to slot home a penalty after Maboe was brought down in the area.

The first 25 minutes of the second half saw a cagey affair, with Downs not wanting to relinquish their lead and Wydad not wanting to fall further behind. However, the game did open once the visiting side made their first two substitutions.

Coach Pitso Mosimane left his midfield and defence unchanged as he brought on Phakamani Mahlambi for Lebohang Maboe. Mosimane welcomed back Uruguayan striker Mauricio Affonso after an injury lay-off as he was brought on in the latter stages of the half.

Denis Onyango produced a moment of magic in his goals with a reaction save from close range to deny the Moroccan’s an equaliser in the dying moments in the game and secure all three points for the hosts.

The win means Mamelodi Sundowns became the first South African side to progress through the group stages of the CAF Champions League without losing a group game.

16 Responses
  1. Eugene

    Thrs no better time than to be a sandawana than the present moment. I wish we still had someone like pike Ndukwe to load the whole attack on the Chuku train.

    We really do need a striker while we r doing the business quietly.

  2. Eugene

    Thrs no better time than to be a sandawana than the present moment. I wish we still had someone like Ndukwe to load the whole attack on the Chuku train.

    We really do need a striker while we r doing the business quietly.

  3. Thank you boys, thank you your continued hard work, I am happy other players are coming back from injuries, they will assist us a lot. Thank you to each and every Sandawana out there, the team was not supported enough let us make sure that we support the boys only 3 times from the remaining Champions league games, Only the big boys qualified and there is no weak team, we must add our voices and encourage our boys to go on. It is the happiest moment for the team as we are breaking records. This is the time for Anthony Laffor to enter the scene and end this movies, League, Nedbank and Champions league. Ka bo yellow i WILL remain.

  4. Jaws Buda

    You have made us proud keep u the good work and may God keep on blessing the Sundowns family. KBY I remain

  5. Malefetsane

    The second star is loading!!!

    Great performance team, and quite a wonderful milestone to achieve. Let’s push on to the second star.

    Now we should focus on the league, and give Zebra Force a good run for their money.

  6. Bango

    A big Congratulations thus far to the team ,we welcome those new records being broken. It was the end of the group stage war and the beginning of the second and final war, l am sure all the guys involved had a sleep after the Victory. Indeed Sundowns has become a force that can not be ignored in continental competitions , it will surprise you that while we fear these teams, they have sleepless nights wishing to avoid a clash with Sundowns. Experience counts more than a lot of things, the will power is the one carrying us through , the guys want to break records. The fact that the team knows how to correct their mistakes it gives hope, Sundowns is a big team, they are doing it in the continent, fighting with the North African giants. All the BEST to the team, its now closer home than where we begun, playing in this League is the best ever for any player who knows what it means, just to be amongst the teams in that Knockout League gives you a purpose fulfilled. KBY

  7. Mokolobetsi

    Well done MaSandawana

    Since the days of Zola Mahobe, Sundowns overtook Chiefs and Pirates and has been trendsetting ever since.

    From their own football brand, piano and shoe-shine to Zola taking players to the FA Cup, Sundowns has just that thing.

    With Patrice, it’s taken it to the next level. He stated that he aspires for African domination. The players and all the support staff must understand this. Pitso understands it and has pushed the guys, but there’s room for improvement. There’s room for domination and production of national team players every season, in every age group.

    All staff must demand excellence from themselves day-in, day-out. This thing of coming just hore ba mpone ke fihlile / ke teng must end. We need our star players applying themselves like Messi / Ronaldo / Beckham / Maradona. Guys who practiced after everyone left. Guys who are not satisfied with getting a man of the match or being praised for being inja ye game for one season. Every season, every match.

    Even the kit manager must excel. The professionalism must be there on display, every game. No numbers falling off the kit, spare jerseys for every player. Every game, in winter or summer, rain or sunshine. Same with the academy. The Barca culture runs through La Masia. The excellence and philosophy is there in the youth structures as well. Same with Dortmund and Arsenal.

    The president must consider buying a stand and building a stadium and legacy for South Africa. Let Sundowns be the first to own its own stadium.

    The president wants African domination, let all KBY family aim for that.

    #KBYForever #TheSkyIsTheLimit

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