Mamelodi Sundowns delivered a magnificent display as they defeat Al-Ahly

The Brazilians supporters set the tone for a magical afternoon of football with live performances from some of the popular local artists and filled up the stadium to the brim in yellow colors. Masandawana grabbed a vital win against the North African giants and closed the gap at the top of Group B standings.

The visitors took the first kick in the game, but it was Bafana Ba Style should have taken the lead early on as Cassius Mailula found himself through on goal before he was fouled. Aubrey Modiba looked to take the free kick but misdirected his kick and went offside.

After receiving a good pass from the midfield, Themba Zwane pushed the ball towards Marcelo Allende who took his shot in between the defenders and put the home team in the lead in 2 minutes of action. After a good run from Peter Shalulile, the striker went down after being pushed before he could put in his cross by the corner flag, Modiba stepped up again to take the corner kick and this time more accurately with his shot.

Just after 10 minutes Ahly found an equalizer through Mohamed Sherif as the striker put one past Ronwen Williams. When the clock struck 15 minutes Downs had the chance to take the lead again, Teboho Mokoena worked tirelessly to put the ball upfront and got it to Maema who took a shot but the ball was blocked by defenders.

After 22 minutes a second eventually came and it was through Mshishi who found himself in the right place with an incoming header from Mokoena after battling for the ball mid air.

The Brazilians showed their dominance thereafter, Zwane and Khuliso Mudau combined passes outside the box of Ahly, but he eventually lost the ball as he was about to take his shot. Williams made a big save from Ahly’s long shot on target as the game was slowly nearing its half.

A Cracker shot from Mokoena settled Masandawana’ intentions before heading into the break. Mokoena capitalized on Neo Maema’s attempt after his shot at goal was blocked, Mokoena grabbed a third for the home team. Downs looked to find another goal, Maema found Shalulile inside the box, the Namibian international striker tried to put his passes together but his first touch let him down and got dispossessed.

With only three minutes into the second half Mailula made a breakthrough and went 1v1 with the defender, but his efforts did not result in any threats. After a few minutes of trying to break the defense, Zwane managed to push forward and eliminate defenders with Shalulile and Mailula on either side, Zwane’s final decision to let him down.

Eventually Percy Tau pulled one back for the Egyptians after beating Aubrey Modiba on the left side. After conceding an unexpected goal, Williams made incredible saves from an incoming free kick and one long range shot.

With less than 20 minutes left to play Shalulile finally got his goal, Maema skillfully got around the defenders and located the striker who finished off in a blast of a shot against El Shenawy.

With pressure building up from the hosts as they tried to come back into the game, Downs continued to threaten on the counter-attack and strengthened their defense. Mvala made a spectacular intervention in the box and cleared a deadly ball.

Downs’ target man Shalulile converted in the last 5 minutes to make it 5 after taking on the defense and set the stadium on fire as the fans erupted in loud cheers. Bafana Ba Style finished the game with a 57% ball possession and took up position number 1 in Group B with 10 points.

This is how we lined up:
Williams, Kekana, Mudau, Mvala, Modiba (66′ Morena), Mokoena, Allende 90′ B. Onyango), Zwane (82′ Mbule), Mailula (82′ Domingo), Maema, Shalulile

Subs: D. Onyango, Boutouil, B. Onyango, Domingo, Mbule, Morena, Ralani, Mashego, Ngobeni

9 Responses
  1. Mfana

    Coach stop forcing matters here Aubrey Modiba has primary school errors, day by day he is starting to be not a Sundowns material,he is only playing for Sundowns because you r the head coach other wise I’m gatvol with his costly mistakes.Mshego&Ngobeni are still the best left backs around the country.Well done Sundowns and you are breaking records against Al Ahly for all the good reasons.I so wish again we can go all the way to clinch this Champions League this year.The biggest setbacks are the constant losing our key players through long term injuries like Saavedra, Sirino and Nasir otherwise I was going to say this Champions 🏆 League is in the bag,but step by step bit by bit we are there.YOU ARE FANTASTIC GUYS GIVE YOURSELVES A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

    1. Muzi Kunene

      Seconded member Modiba is our weakest link everytime when I see the line up wiyh hom included I just get frightened and he’s the one that will cost us the Champs League really.
      Pls coach believe in other leftbacks even the Morrocan guy can play there or Lebusa,kby forever.

  2. Dalom

    Jah neh, instead of celebrating, people are complaining. Not even a congratulation in their statement for the team beating the team of the century. I beg to differ regarding Ngobeni and Mashego being ahead of Modiba. Yes, he’s made some costly mistakes, but those other two are still way off. In actual fact I don’t regard Modiba and Ngobeni as left-backs, they’ll better be suited as left-wingers. I’m still crying for the release of Devine Lunga.

  3. Mfana

    I believe I said Sundowns players must give themselves a round of applause meaning they outdone themselves because it’s not the first time that they put 5 past Al Ahly.But if Rulani thinks that we are going to celebrate a win &not tell him when he’s giving Modiba an unfair advantage we r going to tell him what to do until he selects Mashego&Ngobeni &that is going to be seen by him on this platform every now and then when Modiba commits costly mistakes and it’s not thrice its more than that but what about abo Jali who had bad game against Pirates and they were never given a chance in a big game again but Modiba in the same game against Pirates was beaten for pace by Saleng almost through out the same game &committed costly mistakes &to
    add to that he also got red carded but how many opportunities &chances given to him but failing to defend.Its high time that we will celebrate a win but also critcise Rulani if he spoils other players &doesn’t become a father figure.We advocated for others previously and again we will advocate for a fair chance to Mashego&Ngobeni.

    1. Thulas

      KaboYellow Bafana BaStyle!!!!
      Thank you very much for ouplaying and beating club of the century convincingly. The only team to beat club of the century by five goals twice. Some complain about Modiba and others about Fifa Fair Play while some complain about Sundowns weakening Bafana Bafana. All I am saying is: ” KaboYellow Masandawana, The Sky Is The Limit”

  4. Thulas

    Mfana stop this please! The way you comment looks like you are always at training ground with these players. The coach has not lost a single game since he was appointed as head coach. Did you support him when he put Mvala as a central defender? This team has lost only three games in all competitions this season, it ha open 17 points gap in the league. Rulani trains these players on a daily basis. Please stop this madness please please please!!!!!!

  5. Ronnie Bothma

    Let us rejoice in this revelation… I agree with the guys that say us be happy for the team… We can’t be unhappy when we lose and when we win… It means we’ll never be happy… What a performance from the team… Congrats to the yellow nation in it’s entirety… We only need one signing for the coming season… Tau… Rhulani knows this too… To Percy… Don’t be perturbed by being booed son… It means we recognize that you are a good player… We love you…

  6. Kick boboza

    Congratulations masandawana for the big win, our players took 90 percent of the chances created that was great, and now we need to plan our knockout stages, we must eliminate Al ahly and lose to Al Hilal to ensure that they go through. I am not saying we are scared of al ahly but we just need to make sure. I also think the coach need to play modiba on his strength, as a left back he is many times found wanting, In the MTN 8 he made Lesang look like a big star, when morena could have done the work better, against al Ahly as well, i miss lyle Lakay on that position, but this is what the coaches can take as advice to the next games. Thanks to a1l masandawana who came and filled Loftus.KA BO YELLLOOW I REMAIN.

  7. Kick boboza

    Before i sign off Masandawana, there is a legend and a soccer specialist in Cairo who said last week that Sundowns is not scaring, i wonder where is the GENTLEMAN,i believe he is now scared to hell.hahaha!!