Downs Do The Double Over Red Devils

Mamelodi Sundowns produced a spectacular performance to beat Al Ahly SC 1 – 0 at the FNB Stadium and remain in the top spot in the CAF Champions League Group A table.

It was an eagerly anticipated match-up between two of Africa’s most gifted and exciting sides with end to end action from the beginning until the end. Masandawana had three changes from the previous squad in Cairo, Mothobi Mvala, Haashim Domingo and Thapelo Morena were all recalled to the starting lineup.

Mvala was the first to take a chance at goal, the midfielder tested Mohamed El Shenawy of Egypt with a low shot, but his efforts were not a threat to the Egyptians. It was tough going in the early stages, with a well-organised defense line from both teams.

With Ahly determined in defence and working in midfield, space was hard to come by and on a couple of occasions, Bafana Ba Style looked dangerous when attacking from the wing. Themba Zwane and Lyle Lakay played passed the ball around Ahly’s box to penetrate the wall, eventually finding Mvala who took a shot at goal, this time more resolute in his attempt, but the ball took a deflection on Yasser Ibrahim.

The Brazilians eventually broke the deadlock from the resultant corner as Peter Shalulile guided Lakay’s corner with his knee at the back post. Lakay was involved in action again shortly after the lead by Masandawana, the left footer was persistent in fighting for the ball outside the visitors’ 18 area yard, which he eventually put in a cross to Shalulile whose first time shot went up into the sky.

Ali Maaloul had the chance to equalize for the Egyptians, curling the ball in towards Kennedy Mweene, who was hardly tested this far. Other goal scoring opportunities came and went for the The Red Devils, but they were not given much time on the ball and space to go forward with intent. The first half encounter went into the break with Masandawana leading by 1 – 0.

Downs made an immediate substitution when they returned from the break, Aubrey Modiba replaced Khuliso Mudau who showed signs of discomfort as the first 45 minutes reached its conclusion. The second half was a much more open affair, the visitors began to find gaps and create opportunities, however it was the Tshwane giants who were knocking on the Egyptians’ door with almost relentless pressure, and even came the closest to goal with Lakay’s long range shot.

Masandawana went close again with Domingo in a goal scoring position but it was too late to put a good shot together for the 26-year-old. With build up from the back, Mshishi and Modiba charged forth in attack, finding Namibian international, Shalulile who laid the ball for Domingo to extend Downs lead, but The Red Devils were spared.

Maaloul almost grabbed an equalizer for Ahly in the closing stages, the Tunisian international put a cross in towards Hossam Hassan waiting to bury the opportunity, but saved superbly Mweene.

As the game entered the final stages, there was a feeling Masandawana could regret so many missed chances as Ahly carved their own chances to find an equalizer– but the team in yellow stood firm to claim a vital victory. It means Bafana Ba Style have won back-to-back CAF Champions League games against Al Ahly for the first time in history.

This is how we lined up: 

  1. Mweene , L. Lakay, B. Onyango, R. De Reuck, A. Jali © (66′ Mokwena), H. Domingo (66′ Safranko), M. Mvala, K. Mudau (45′ Modiba), T. Zwane (82′ Kekana), T. Morena, P. Shalulile (89′ Kutumela)

 

Subs:

  1. Pieterse, T. Kutumela, A. Modiba, T. Mokwena, G. Kekana, L. Kapinga, L. Maboe, B. Ralani, P. Safranko

 

3 Responses
  1. Ronnie Bothma

    Great win.. Excellent win… For me a bit bitter-sweet. I Pitso likes to run his mouth, but I think we need to let this go now. Pitso needs to respect us. We also need to respect him. This bus situation is not good… Same as last year. Coming back to the house game, very tactical. The technical team was spot on… They did not get emotional and obsess about possession. You need to apply the right tactics for the right game. Im puzzled though… What did Safranko ever do for Sundowns? Perhaps there’s something in his contract… Because the technical insist on playing him… Even when it’s not justified… Im amazed… But well… Perhaps they trying to prove a point.

  2. Downs4ever

    Happy with the win.Man of the match performance my Mvala,top performance my Onyango,we just lacked cohesion and precision upfront.Please let’s put more emphasis on finishing during our training sessions,we can’t win champions league when we miss so many chances,we should have humiliated Ahly.What did we do wrong to deserve such poor officiating against us both locally and continually?We have progressed to the last 8 and let’s wrap the league also and build the team for next season by playing the likes of Maema,Goss,Pieterse,Kapinga,Lunga,Maema,Modiba,Mkuma,Mkhulise, Domingo and also Maraisane during our remaining games.Tou made us very proud.

  3. Sbedula

    I’m very happy about the win the boys did a great job, beating pitso is good because he always says he created a monster that monster is coming back to bite him now. we created so many chances but we didn’t convert so we need to be ruthless in front of goals

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