Sundowns taste victory

2016-10-26 06:00

Pitso Mosimane, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach, says there is no sweeter victory than winning the CAF Cham-
pions League in Egypt.

Mosimane’s charges entered the second-leg with a 3-0 lead over a determined Zamalek at the Borg El Arab Sta-

A 60 000 strong crowd made conditions worse for the traveling party as laser beams and negative remarks from the home fans were used to make life uncomfortable for the Brazilians.

Downs’ goalkeeper Dennis Onyango was stretchered off in the first-half after receiving medical attention and was replaced by veteran, Wayne Sandilands, for the rest of the encounter.

Sundowns’ game plan worked well up until the 65th minute when Zamalek broke the deadlock through a thunderous 25-yard strike from Stanley Ohawuchi.

The Egyptian giants were probing for a second goal, but Sundowns remained stubborn in the dying moments of the game as Sandilands put in a few good saves to secure the Pretoria side’s first African star.

“We have to respect Zamalek.

“They are a big team, and to come to Egypt and raise the trophy here . . . there is no sweeter way to lift the trophy,” Mosimane told reporters after the game, as quoted by KickOff.

“It’s undisputable.

“We played here, and we lifted it here.

“So we really deserve to lift the trophy.

“It was a good game.

“It was difficult to play in front of the White Knight supporters.

“It was the first time we had ever faced such a big crowd.”

“But I instructed my players before the game to go out and walk on the pitch, because if they stayed in the dressing room, they would have received a shock when they came out.

“So we dealt well with that.

“I’m proud of my boys, playing for the first time in front of such a big crowd.

“And we won the trophy,” Mosimane told reporters.
– Sport24

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