An irrepressible Mamelodi Sundowns booked a place in the quarterfinals of the Caf Champions League after completing a double over DRC giants TP Mazembe on Tuesday night at the Loftus Stadium.
A solitary Lebogang Maboe 28th minute strike all but secured passage to the last eight of the prestigious club tournament with two more games to go in the group stages. It was their fourth straight win in Group B.
‘Abafana be Style’ did it with so much panache as they dominated position right from the start. They neatly exchanged the ball, knocking it around as though it were a practice session.
One of their forays into the opponents’ half saw Namibian forward Peter Shalulile brought down in the 18-yard box, but the linesman ruled that the striker was in an offside position first.
A few minutes later, Maboe got Sundowns’ opener after perfectly placing his low shot in the bottom-corner after a fantastic team move. Themba Zwane set him up.
Five minutes later, Maboe played another delightful scooped pass looking to turn provider to Zwane, but the ball fell inches away from the Bafana Bafana midfielder.
Uruguayan forward Gaston Sirino was unlucky after his curling effort missed the frame of the goal post by inches in the 41st minute. The visitors had a few chances in the first half, with Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango saving a powerful strike by veteran forward Tresor Mputu.
Sundowns continued their dominance in the second half. They held onto their lead, taking their tally to 12 points in four games.
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By Mthokozisi Dube