Sundowns Start CAFCL Group With A Win
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Al Hilal Omdurman
Mamelodi Sundowns got their Group B campaign in the CAF Champions League off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Al Hilal from Sudan.
Sundowns were in the lead in the 10th minute, Mosa Lebusa heading it in from Lyle Lakay’s corner kick.
It was the only goal of the first half, though Peter Shalulile narrowly missed doubling the lead just before the halftime whistle, as he failed to make contact with Gaston Sirino’s cross.
And while Sundowns controlled the game, and had the better chances, it wasn’t all one-way traffic, and the Sudanese champions proved to be competitive opponents.
Kermit Erasmus came off the bench to wrap up the game, with a fine individual effort in the 90th minute, 2-0. Erasmus held up the ball, before turning and beating his defender to unleash an effort from just inside the box.
But there were only eleven shots at goal all game. Sundowns had seven of their eight shots at goal on target, while Al Hilal had just three shots at goal, two on target.
The victory puts Sundowns in pole position in Group B. Earlier in the day TP Mazembe and Belouizdad played to a goalless draw in Lubumbashi.