Defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns were able to brush aside Wydad Casablanca of Morocco to push for a place in the CAF Champions League semifinals when they met at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane on Sunday.
The match was much of a thriller as the South African and North African exhibited great deal of African football in which Sundowns won 1-0.
Coach Pitso Mosimane was able to cope with a lengthy list of injuries, but his side’s victory away to Free State Stars in a domestic league game earlier this week demonstrated their strength in depth. Wydad went into the game as the current winners of the Moroccan league with a nine match unbeaten run.
After 13 minutes of play,Kekana’s shot remains the only notable attempt at goal thus far. Wydad, though, are growing into the game and Onyango is called into action to tip Saidi’s cross-come-shot over the crossbar.
Hlompho Kekana’s rocket fooled everyone in the stadium as they thought it was a goal but the shot went wide off the post.
There was four successive corner-kick’s for Wydad who are ended the half on the front foot. by the Brazilians defended so well and so were able to clear their lines before the referee blew for the half time.
Pitso Mosiamane who swapped Themba Zwane with Yannick Zakri at the start of the second half showed his attacking intent.
Zakri scored from close range following a well worked corner-kick routine with a great touch by Themba Zwane on the byline to set up the Ivorian who makes no mistake.
Mamelodi Sundowns, will enter Moroccowith a one nil advantage before the second leg takes place in the coming weekend at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next Saturday, 23 September.
Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Morena, Arendse, Madisha (Soumahoro 82′), Langerman – Kekana, Manyisa, Vilakazi (Zakri 46′) – Zwane, Tau, Castro (Nthethe 87′)
Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi; Noussir, Rabeh, Atouchi, Gaddarine, El Haddad (Khadrouf 78′), Nekach, Saidi, Ait Ben Idir (El Kaeti 67′), Nicaise Daho, Ounnajem