Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns played out a 1-1 draw against Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League quarter final second leg on Saturday afternoon at the Lucas Master pieces Moripe stadium. The result meant the Red Devils advanced 3-1 on aggregate having won,
Sundowns started brightly with good inter play and the first wasted chance two minutes into the game fell to Themba Zwane who opted for a long drive instead of passing to Gaston Sirino on the left, as his shot went over the bar.
Two minutes later, defender Ricardo Nascimento reacted fastest to a quick freekick by Sirino but Mohammed Elsheenawy denied him at close range.
It was evident Al Ahly had to be more cautious or better still go forward more quickly and they did exactly that and were rewarded in the 21st minute when Tunisian left back Ali Maaloul’s freekick from the left was turned in by Sundowns striker Lebohang Maboe sending the capacity crowd at the Lucas Moripe silent.
The hosts were not down, six minutes later Gaston Sirino made amends for his earlier misses when he levelled matters giving hope to the capacity crowd but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Al Ahly returned in the second half and defended their advantage.
Al Ahly who are eight time record winners advance to the semifinals with a clear mission of winning a ninth crown.
For Sundowns focus will shift to winning a third straight league title which will also be a 10th for the Tshwane giants if they can manage to catch up with runner away table leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
It was double setback for Uganda as Joseph Ochaya’s TP Mazembe only managed a 1-0 win over Raja Casablanca in Lubumbashi. The white Ravens also missed a penalty in the game. Mazembe bow out 2-1 on aggregate with the Moroccan giants advancing to the semi finals.