CAF Champions League Final: Sundowns clinch their first trophy

epa05600146 Sundowns team celebrates after winning   the African Champions League (CAF) Final second leg soccer match between Zamalek of Egypt and Sundowns of South Africa at Borg al-Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 23 October 2016.  EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Zamalek 3-1 in aggregate score, to claim their first African Champions league title.

The first match, held in Pretoria on 15th of October, saw the south-African team score 3 goals on their home turf, gaining a comfortable cushion ahead of the away game, in front of Zamalek that was defensively weak, and having only 18 players in their squad.

The Pretoria game was more or less one-sided, as Sundowns was offensively dominant, easily penetrating Zamalek’s defenses, as they were clearly suffering.
Thus they were able to score 3 goals, to provide themselves a comfortable lead ahead of the return game.

In Borg el-Arab, it was a different story.
The presence of nearly 70,000 Zamalek supporter was a phenomenal scene, as it was the first time in more than 3 years, and so Zamalek took profit of the atmosphere to play another one-sided game, but this time by his attackers.

Zamalek had more than 70% of the possession during, but they weren’t able to score but a single goal, from an incredible shot from Stanley Ohawuchi on the 64th minute.

Sundowns only visited Zamalek’s Genesh’s goal on a few occasions, but Ali Gabr and Ahmed Dowidar showed prowess and resilience and were able to stop all attempts.

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Zamalek’s luck didn’t change much even after Shikabala came in at around the 75th, as it were probably a bit too late.

The multiple long balls and crosses put into the box were either without a receiver or were taken by the South-africans and turned into a counter attack.

Sundowns won this championship in all fairness, as they were probable the main contender from the get-going, and weaved their way easily throughout all of the legs.

Zamalek will now concentrate on the national league matches, as they have about 4 matches delayed, with their coach Mo’men Suliman and his team still in place despite their wish to resign, as confirmed by Mortada Mansour, the club Principal.

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