Sudowns through to Champions League quarter-finals

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Mamelodi Sundowns celebrate a goal during the CAF Champions League match against Lobi Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
Mamelodi Sundowns celebrate a goal during the CAF Champions League match against Lobi Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns sealed a place in the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League thanks to their 3-0 annihilation of Lobi Stars of Nigeria in Atteridgeville on Saturday night.

An early goal by Thapelo Morena and further strikes from Themba Zwane and Lebohang Maboe took the burden off Sundowns with a game to spare.

By reaching 10 points in Group A, coach Pitso Mosimane’s side not only assumed leadership of the group but Masandawana will travel to Morocco for the final fixture without pressure to beat Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.

However, there is still something to play as a point in Rabat will seal Sundowns’ grip at the top and give them an advantage of hosting the second leg at home in the last eight.

Wydad are in danger after they lost 2-0 to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast in Abidjan in another Group A match played early on Saturday.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 09: Mamelodi Sundo
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane kicks the bottle of water after Thapelo Morena missed a goal during the CAF Champions League match against Lobi Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

This result gives Asec a glimmer of hope to progress but only if the west African powerhouse beat Stars in their final game in Nigeria – and Sundowns hold the Moroccans.

The South African champions were too much to handle for a Lobi Stars side that arrived in Pretoria with the high hopes of another upset having beaten Sundowns 2-1 in their first leg meeting in January.

Sundowns have been blowing hot and cold in the domestic league but they underlined their credentials as a force to be reckoned with in continental club competition with a dominant display against Stars before a near-full crowd at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

They will resume their Absa Premiership programme against Maritzburg United on Tuesday night before Mosimane’s charges jet off to Morocco.

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