Sundowns bow out of the CAF Champions League after playing to a 2-2 draw

The game started off with an energetic Wydad looking to find an early goal, Ronwen Williams made the first save in the game when a shot was delivered his way. The Brazilians were put under pressure again to defend a goal scoring opportunity, Khuliso Mudau did well to defend the counter attack from the right side of the pitch and guided the ball outside for a goal kick.

Shortly after the attacks, Masandawana’s midfielder Themba Zwane teamed up with Teboho Mokoena going forward, Mokoena took a shot at goal but it was direct into the hands of Youssef El Motie. Sphelele Mkhulise also had a shot at goal but it was saved saved by the keeper.

Wydad also had a chance to put a goal when they played the over the defense, the red team got the chance to take a shot at Williams who made a vital save. The Brazilians resounded through Peter Shalulile with a close goal when his shot went on target. Another chance for the Namibian international came three minutes later but the ball could not stay on his feet and the keeper got to it quickly.

There was a long pause after two Wydad players collided in midair, the paramedics and doctors rushed on to the field to assist the players and they eventually got on their feet after five minutes. After the game resumed, Mokoena was cautioned for a foul on Yahya El Idrissi. Mohammed Ounajem delivered the free kick into the box with Williams making a fine double save.

Both teams walked into the tunnel having found no goals, but there was a fantastic build up moment from The Brazilians when the second half kicked off. Sipho Mbule and Mokoena exchanged passes, with a final pass lending on Mokoena who tried to have a go at goal but the keeper got down to make the save. Zwane struck after fifty minutes smashing in a close-range.

Shalulile was fouled as he was running towards goal, the referee made intervention and awarded a free kick, taken by Aubrey Modiba but the shot was too powerful. The home team showed more attacking intent from there on, at the hour mark Shalulile shot on target after receiving the ball in between the defenders but the striker couldn’t place a shot

Bouly Sambou came close to levelling the score with a sharp header that went outside the side net. A defensive error from Downs in the middle of the park saw Wydad win the ball and attack quickly, Williams made another spectacular save, stopping the ball with his legs as it bounced in the 18 area and the defenders finished it off by clearing it to the other half.

The home side failed to maintain the lead when Wydad put a long pass into the box, Ayoub El Amloud finished it off with a header to equalize and put his team back in the game. Downs made their first change, Cassius Mailula exchanged position with Mkhulise and later on Abbubaker Nasir replaced Modiba.

With less than fifteen minutes to go, Shalulile tapped home from Thapelo Morena’s low cross delivery in the box and Masandawana took the lead once more. The home team didn’t celebrate for much long, Mothobi Mvala scored an own goal from a free kick corner that was put into the box by Wydad. Downs tried to create many more clear chances, but were unfortunate to overturn the 2-2 draw as they concluded their second leg battle with Wydad.

This is how we lined up:
Williams, Mudau (87′ Nasir), Mvala, Modiba, Boutouil, Mokoena, Zwane, Mkhulise (76′ Mailula), Morena, Mbule, Shalulile.

D. Onyango, Lebusa, Zungu, Sirino, Kekana, Domingo, Nasir, Mashego, Mailula.

9 Responses
  1. Luvuyo pomolo

    I am happy Rulani acknowledged his in experience when it comes to Caf Champions league. That is call to the management to make sure Manqoba stays. As for Mvala signs we’re there but Rulani is stubborn

  2. Peter Nkoana

    Thank you guys for the great journey and the beautiful football you played. You have earned the respect in Africa and let’s do it again next season. You have been great ambassadors to this beautiful country. Walk with your heads held high. We love you always.

  3. Sbedula

    Hardluck masandawana we will try again next season, as for modiba the goal he just stand and that guy head the ball in front of him. mvala OOOh man you save us during difficult times but yesterday it was hard to except that our owns player did that. please chairman keep maqoba in our that bench and Steve Caz we need them rhulani needs guidance.

  4. Moripi

    Unlucky to team entirely, painful exit considering we didn’t lose a game throughout the campaign . We need to work on our defence next season, especially set pieces. We will get there, eventually. One thing I noticed, we don’t have player for player, 3 or 4 changes in starting line up, kills the rhythm, it was difficult to find a replacement for Maema yesterday, I don’t think Mkhulise matched his level of involvement & I do see who could have. Hope we learnt some lessons

    1. Rendi

      My observation exactly. Mkhulise was not supposed to start, Sirino,Mailula or Ralani should have started

  5. Soso

    Well done boys, I can’t fault your efforts at all.

    It was unfortunate that we exited the way we did.

    It was not meant to be.

  6. Malandela

    The one team that never lost a single match in caf has bowed out, Al Ahly lost twice but they in the final. We knew goin into this match that the only way this score was through set pieces and that’s exactly what happened. Im not sure if Rulani consulta his two big brothers in Steve and Manqoba. Leading 2/1 with few minutes remaining, it hurts but again shows our inexperience in managing games at caf level. We do that very well here cos the teams are all just average

  7. Zipho

    The reason we r out is because u r very stubborn Rhulani,the signs hv been there since the beginning of the season bt u stuck with these 2 favorites of yours jst because u wanna prove a point that u hv the final say

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