Tiyani Mabunda scored twice in a 5-0 victory against Cote d’Or Football Club to give Mamelodi Sundowns an advantage ahead of the second leg of their CAF Champions League first round tie back in South Africa later this month.
It means the Brazilians firmly have one foot in the group stages of the continental tournament and need only to maintain their lead to be guaranteed a spot.
Mabunda opened the scoring at the Stade Linité in Seychelles after just five minutes with a header and would later complete his brace in the 74th minute.
There were three other goal scorers in the match for Sundowns in Lyle Lakay, Sphelele Mkhulise and Wayne Arendse.
Coach Pitso Mosimane’s men dominated play throughout and had initially gone into the half time break leading by a solitary goal that was scored by Mabunda.
They stepped it up a gear in the second stanza and registered four more goals on the scoresheet to effectively put the game to bed.
Cote d’Or will travel to Tshwane for the second leg later this month and unless they can overturn the heavy scoreline, Downs will qualify for the Champions League group stages as they aim to go one better than the previous edition.
The Brazilians were semifinalists during the 2018-19 campaign of Africa’s premier club tournament.
How Downs line-up:
Reyaad Pieterse, Motjeka Madisha, Tebogo Langerman, Wayne Arendse, Soumahoro Bangaly, Lyle Lakay, Tiyani Mabunda, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Sphelele Mkhulise, Sibusiso Vilakazi
Subs: Kennedy Mweene, Mosa Lebusa, Gaston Sirino, Anele Ngcongca, Themba Zwane, Lebohang Maboe