Mamelodi Sundowns bounced back in style from their first round elimination in the Nedbank Cup by Chippa United which was followed by AmaZulu ending their 28-match unbeaten by handing the Brazilians their first league defeat in over a year.
Bafana BaStyle thumped Ivory Coast giants Asec Mimosas 3-1 at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.
Goals from Mosa Lebusa, Themba Zwane and new signing Emiliano Tade gave Sundowns maximum points in the CAF Champions League.
The Brazilians now sit on six points in Group A after three matches.
“I am happy for Mosa because he’s been having all the opportunities, either the goalkeeper saves, it’s off target or he hits the post,” coach Pitso Mosimane said.
“You can’t ask for more from Emiliano. Five or 10 minutes on the pitch and he looked like he had been playing for Sundowns for a long. Never mind the goal. He is composed and knows how to play football, a typical South American. What a way of introducing yourself to the team.”
The Brazilians didn’t have it all easy though. They had to grind for a result against a stubborn Asec.
“We played well in different phases. In the last 15 minutes of the first half, we dropped the pressure a little bit,” Mosimane said. “Obviously you’ve got to understand where we’re coming from. We’re coming from two losses in a row.
“You could see in the first half that the team wasn’t very confident, unlike in the second half. When they caught fire, you could see the real Sundowns coming up. I liked the talk in the dressing room, just to give them more confidence because you could see they were on a low. In the last 15 minutes of the first half, Asec was playing at that time.
“Once we got the confidence with the second goal, we then looked like a team that wants to win as always. I am happy that we didn’t concede a goal from a corner kick tonight. To be honest they had a chance at the end, Mosa cleared off the line.”