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Downs dump Garbage Collectors out of CCL

Mamelodi Sundowns
Reigning African champions Mamelodi Sundowns progressed to the Group stage of the CAF Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Uganda’s KCCA.

  • KCCA 1 Mamelodi Sundowns 1
  • Ochan denies Zwane and Kekana
  • Sserunkuma fires KCCA ahead
  • Tau goes close
  • Laffor hits the equaliser

Match summary

It was Sundowns who were on top in the early stages as Themba Zwane and Hlompho Kekana both went close to getting on the scoresheet. Yet, Geoffrey Sserunkuma opened the scoring for KCCA largely against the run of play.

After the break, the Brazilians put the home team under huge pressure but couldn’t find a way through. However, Anthony Laffor ultimately found an equaliser in the 80th minute as Downs progressed to the next round.

Full Report

Sundowns started strongly at the Phillip Omondi Stadium and Zwane went close with a fierce effort that was well saved by Benjamin Ochan in the 12th minute. Moments later the keeper was again called into action from a thunderous effort from distance by Hlompho Kekana.

Yannick Zakri, Percy Tau and Thapelo Morena were giving KCCA’s defence a torrid time with their pace and movement, who had to be alert on more than one occasion with Sundowns looking threatening.

However, it would be the home team to hit the front against the run of play when Sserunkuma fired home in the 30th minute. Four minutes later Tau came agonisingly close to netting an equaliser but his shot flew just wide after good work by Zakri.


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After the break, Downs came out with an aggresive intent and Morena saw his cross punched clear after a good work down the right fllank.

But despite dictating possession and showing urgency, Pitso Mosimane’s side were struggling to create clear openings.

The Garbage Collectors were defending in numbers as the Brazilians struggled to break them down. It appeared the home team were slowing the match down in the final stages as ball-boys were reportedly delaying restarts.

Yet, the South Africans would finally make their pressure pay off when substitute Laffor found space on the edge of the area and rifled a shot into the roof of the net past Ochan, in the 80th minute. It came as a massive reprieve for the visitors who then defended bravely to seal the result.


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