Mamelodi Sundowns recorded their third win in the CAF Champions League group stages as they defeated TP Mazembe by two goals to one. The win took Masandawana to nine points at the top of group B and The Brazilians are the only team in the group to have not tasted defeat. The goals were scored by Peter Shalulile and Lyle Lakay and the home side scored their goal through Tresor Mputu. Downs have only conceded two goals so far in the group stages whilst scoring nine. The victory for Sundowns was a landmark win as this was the first time in eleven years that The Ravens lost a game at home in the Champions League.
“First one should thank COVID-19, with your supporters it is always different when the stadium is full you always give a good account of yourselves. I must also not take away the credit from the team, I think we were prepared for this encounter. We knew we were playing against a very good team, but our confidence was very high. We have played more than twenty games and we have not lost a game which is also a good account for the team and the way we prepare. The boys fought hard. I must say some circumstances within the game were difficult for the boys”, said Coach Manqoba Mngqithi after the game.
This win stretched Masandwana’s winning streak to seven games in all competitions.
“We did a lot of video analysis, we knew almost all of their combinations, we knew all their strong players, we were anticipating that their number nine would be starting and thought that he would be a thorn in our sides. We knew both their centre backs are right-footed and planned that if we press them more to the left there would be limitations”, said Coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
The Brazilians will host TP Mazembe in the return leg on the 16th of March at home.