Sundowns dig deep to beat Enyimba in Champions League
Going into the match, Sundowns had three points nullified by the Confederation of African Football.
JOHANNESBURG - Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns struggled to a 2-1 win over Nigerian giants Enyimba in their CAF Champions' League Group B match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday night, to go level on points with Egypt's Zamalek.
Going into the match, Sundowns had three points nullified by the Confederation of African Football after their opponents in the first group match, E.S. Setif, were disqualified from the competition for failing to control their rowdy fans who threw missiles onto the pitch during the game.
Following CAF's decision, group B was reduced to three teams and Sundowns' victory over Enyimba now sees them in a good position to make it into the semifinals.
The Brazilians opened the scoring in the 43rd minute through Leonardo Castro, who tapped in a free ball in the box, from a great cross in by Keagan Dolly.
Enyimba's Dare Ojo stunned the home side with a scorching strike from distance that beat Wayne Sandilands - levelling matters on the hour mark.
Their efforts to get the winning goal were dashed when Sundowns' pressure eventually paid off, as Wayne Arendse found himself in the best possible space, to complete another tap in, this time, after the ball passed every other player in the box and fell kindly for him.
A crucial victory for Pitso Mosimane and his men, but not the result the Nigerians were hoping for - more so for their media, this as one of the journalists barged into a post-match press briefing with local media and Mosimane to interrogate the Downs boss about why the Lucas Moripe pitch was watered before the game.
Mosimane took offence to the insinuations that the club prepared the game to gain an unfair advantage and blasted the journalist.
Nevertheless, the coach remained in good spirits, even confirming that he had just signed a four-year contract extension at the club and the win in the Champions League comes as an added bonus.