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Sundowns Through To CAFCL Group Stages

Mamelodi Sundowns are through to the group stages of the CAF Champions League after comfortably beating AS Maniema 2-0 at Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the second leg of their second preliminary round tie, to advance 4-2 on aggregate.

The first leg had ended 2-2 in the DRC last weekend.

From the outset Sundowns took control of the possession, and there was almost a goal for Peter Shalulile in the eighth minute, but his attempt was cleared off the line.

Lyle Lakay put Sundowns in front with a beautiful free kick, leaving the Maniema goalkeeper with no chance in the 22nd minute.

Lakay showed how dangerous he can be again in the 34th minute, as another free kick almost flew in but, this time Brudel Liyongo made a good save. A minute later Liyongo pulled off another good stop, to deny Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Thabiso Kutumela should have made it two in the 42nd minute, but after getting past the advancing goalkeeper, he was unable to get his shot from a tight angle on target, while Denis Onyango had to be alert a minute later to stop a long range effort. 

At half-time Sundowns led 1-0, and there were early chances at both ends in the second half, as Vilakazi struck the woodwork, while Kitwa Kalowa’s bicycle kick was saved by Onyango.

Sundowns doubled the lead in the 53rd minute through Shalulile, as the Namibian striker pounced on an error by Liyongo and poked home after the goalkeeper couldn’t hang onto a routine free kick.

The visitors were desperate to get back into the tie, but Sundowns’ defence stood firm, leaving Maniema to resort to long range efforts, with Tenda Mutuila going just wide in the 73rd minute.

The 2016 champions though managed the final 15 minutes well, in what was in the end a comfortable win.

Sundowns now join AmaZulu in the CAFCL group stages, which will commence in February 2022.

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