By Najibi Mulema
Cranes goal keeper Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns clinched their first CAF Champions League title yesterday at Borg El Arab stadium after their 3-0 first-leg defeat of Zamalek proved unassailable, with the Egyptians only able to win 1-0 on Sunday.
Sundowns were impressive in their victory last weekend and that lead simply proved to be too much for Zamalek, despite the visitors finishing strongly in Alexandria.
Chasing the hefty first-leg deficit, Zamalek were quick to put Sundowns under pressure and they should have gone
ahead in the 13th minute, but Stanley Ohawuchi prodded wide of the left-hand post when one-on-one with Denis Onyango.
Emotions were running high and the visitors’ coach Pitso Mosimane got himself involved in a scuffle with members of the Zamalek staff, while on the pitch Sundowns goalkeeper Onyango was forced off with an injury just before the half-hour mark.
Zamalek almost fell even further behind on aggregate just before the break, as Khama Billiat’s 20-yard effort deflected on to the crossbar.
The hosts looked rather more purposeful after the break and eventually got themselves a goal, as Ohawuchi jinked past his man and found the bottom-right corner from 30 yards with 26 minutes to go.
They piled the pressure on towards the end and went desperately close to forcing a nervy finish in the 85th
minute, but Emmanuel Mayuka’s header was cleared off the line and Sundowns celebrated their historic triumph.
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