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04.05.2019 Football News

Sundowns Battle Wydad For CAF CL Final Spot

By Staff Writer
Sundowns Battle Wydad For CAF CL Final Spot

Mamelodi Sundowns return to Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday afternoon for a Caf Champions League second-leg semifinal showdown against Wydad Casablanca.

The Brazilians fell to a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture in Rabat last weekend, with goals from Salheddine Saidi and Aouk Badi securing a slender aggregate advantage for the Moroccan giants.

Anele Ngcongca scored the vital away goal for the South African champions who know a 1-0 win will be enough to secure their passage through to a second final appearance in the last four years.

Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane was happy with how his team performed in Morocco, considering the club's struggles in Rabat over the last few years.

“While I’m not entirely happy with the result because we lost 2-1‚ I’m happy with the performance from the team because it’s always a difficult place for us here in Morocco – but we improve [here]‚” Mosimane said.

He continued: "We made a lot of mistakes at the back‚ but you have to understand that everyone is stressed because it’s the Caf Champions League semifinals and everyone wants to go to the finals. I believe we should have cleared the ball in the first goal

“[But] It was the first time I have seen Wydad so stressed at the back – it’s also because we scored the important away goal.”

Mosimane's troops have now suffered four successive defeats to Wydad in Morocco, but it was the first time that the Brazilians were able to conjure an all important away goal.

Themba Zwane scored a brace in a 2-1 win over the very same opponents in Atteridgeville, during the group stages of this season's competition. Sundowns most recent clash at the venue was a 5-0 thumping of Egyptian giants Al Ahly in front of a sold out stadium and similar support is expected for the Tshwane club this weekend.

The aggregate winners will face either defending champions Esperance de Tunis or Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe in the final.