Franklin Kaweru | Kawowo Sports Dennis Onyango guided Mamelodi Sundowns to the 2019 CAF Champions League semi-finals

CAF Champions League (Quarter finals – 2nd Leg):

Al Ahly (Egypt) 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

*Mamelodi Sundowns progress 5-1 on aggregate

Dennis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns progressed to the semi-finals of the 2019 CAF Champions League.

Despite losing 1-0 to Al Ahly in the return leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, they still managed to make it to the semifinals.

Moroccan striker Walid Azaro scored the lone strike in Alexanderia in a game officiated by Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama.

Al Ahly thus bowed out 5-1 on aggregate, having lost the first leg 5-0 in Pretoria.

Right from the first leg, the writing was well spelt out on the wall that the Brazilians had an upper hand and clear advantage coming to the return leg.

Ahly, who finished as runner ups in last year’s Champions League, suffered the indignity of their exit in front of their home fans.

Right from kick off, Al Ahly threw everything at Sundowns, with Azaro at the end of the first chance on 16 seconds, but Denis Onyango sprung from his lines to save for a corner.

Amr Soulia hit the woodwork as the home side intensified their raids to the goal.

Hussein Shahat tested Onyango with a thunderous strike two minutes later, but the Ugandan goalkeeper had his whole body behind the ball to make the save.

Wayne Arendse gifted Al Ahly a great chance on the 28th minute with a badly timed back pass, but Azaro’s ferocious strike was saved by Onyango. 

Sundowns would get their first sniff at goal on the 30th minute mark, but Maboe’s shot did not trouble Mohamed Elshenawy. 

Ramadan Sobhi weaved his way past Sundowns men, and on the 34th minute let fly with a good shot, and once again, Onyango denied the Egyptians. 

Azaro scored on the 68th minute to make it 1-0 in the match, and 5-1 on aggregate. 

It was never to happen as Sundowns kept it tight at the back, losing 1-0 on the day, and winning the two legged tie 5-1 to go through to the semifinal.


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