Downs Seal Qualification

Mamelodi Sundowns confirmed their qualification for the CAF Champions League knockout stage after overcoming USM Alger on Saturday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld.

Pitso Mosimane welcomed Gaston Sirino and Mosa Lebusa back into the team after the pair recovered from their injury spells.

The Brazilians, who knew the importance of securing three points, started the game with intent and Gaston Sirino had the first chance of the game, with a tame shot stopped by Mohamed Zemmamouche in goals.

Downs took the lead with ten minutes to go in the first half, with Thapelo Morena doing well to control the ball in the box after a Zemmamouche save before firing into the roof of the net.

The visitors had few chances in the first half but managed to get the equalizer in the last minute of regulation time, with Aimen Mahious heading past Denis Onyango in goals after a cross from Tahir Benkhlifa.

With the fourth official raising the board to show two additional minutes of play, Downs responded to conceding immediately as Hlompho Kekana found Sibusiso Vilakazi with an inch-perfect pass before Vilakazi rolled the ball past an oncoming Zemmamouche into the net.

The second half saw both teams settle after the frantic ending to the first half, with Downs enjoying the possession and guarding their lead.

The visitors were handed an opportunity to equalize late on, when Vilakazi brought down an Alger forward in the box, however Mohamed Meftah’s penalty struck the crossbar and Sundowns cleared the danger.

Downs held on to their lead to ensure that they qualify for the next round with two group matches to play.

Mamelodi Sundowns (36’ Morena, 45’+1 Vilakazi) 2-1 USM Alger (44’ Mahious)

12 Responses
  1. Job well done by the boys I hope that we’ll win the remaining two games in the group stages to keep pride and teach a lesson to those who undermine us more especially Wydad Casablanca, not to say the disrespect us but truly speaking they’re our toughest opponents but we clear it here in Pretoria. Hail To The Pride Of South African Football Hail. ⚽?

  2. I’m just proud of the boys. What a game. The team was in sync and in action. What a joy and pleasure to experience the game live. I’m so pleased. I would change nothing about the game yesterday. Well-done to everyone even the referee with the penalty given to the opposition. I prayed for the obscured shot from the visitors, I saw God in action. ??⭐️

  3. Thabang sekele

    Well done bafana ba piano shoe shine.make us proud.we wil alwys support u ups nd down,n mater wt.ka boyellow

  4. Mpho

    This is beautiful. With this said, may Anthony laffor gets a chance to play. That guy is a winner and I hope the coach lets him play now. He might solve our lack of goals problem.

  5. Tladi

    Good luck masandawana we wishes you all the best more especially for this current 2020 year …as we both aware that this current season its very challenging more especially when we look at our PSL league and there I’m still behind you as a supporter and fan of masandawa I wish that you could lift this current league and a league of afrika and the Nedbank too and we’re so proud of you out there guys you always make us happy no matter what the situation
    Its matter of time now because your schedule is so tide and we’re are aware that you guys you play against all odds

  6. Kgadi moabelo

    Well done guys, n please pitso cn u plea go n get Erasmus frm cape town city he cn solve our scoring problems

  7. Jebzi

    Job well done boys my concern though is we are not aggressive with our Passes and we turn to give position away easily and l think lebusa and Madisha combination is not as sharp as ARANDS AND MADISHA l think lebuse is bit not sharp at the moment lets rest him against Pirate