Sundowns crowned kings of Africa

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Keagan Dolly
  • Post published:October 23, 2016

Mamelodi Sundowns added a gold star to their crest after winning the Caf Champions League on Sunday beating Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate.

The Brazilians were crowned kings of Africa despite a 1-0 second leg loss in Egypt in hostile conditions.

Entering the match with a three goal cushion, Sundowns expectedly employed a counter attack game plan as they looked to seal a wonderful period in the club’s history with continental glory.

Khama Billiat had the match’s first chance but failed to hit the target from some distance out. Zamalek’s Stanley Ohawuchi was the host’s most lethal threat but he failed to direct his 14th minute effort on target.

Just before the half hour mark Sundowns were forced into a goalkeeping change as Denis Onyango was forced off and was replaced by veteran Wayne Sandilands.

Sandilands was up to the task as he denied Zamalek a goal shortly before half time as the visitors ensured that there advantage remained intact with 45 minutes to play in the final.

Ohawuchi gave his side a glimmer of hope in the 64th minute when he drove home from outside the box to hand the Egyptians the lead in the raucous Borg El-Arab Stadium.

With Pitso Mosimane instructing his side to employ a dangerous sitting deep and long ball tactic to Billiat and Dolly, the hosts had a number of half chances but Mbekile, Nthethe and Soumahoro were up to the task as the minutes ticked away.

The Brazilians held out and sealed a mighty triumph despite trying circumstances to add the famous star to their crest.

20 years after Orlando Pirates did it, South Africa have added a second Champions League winner to their ranks. The win sees Sundowns join the ranks of those vying for the Club World Cup title in December.