ES Setif Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Champions League report
Posted: 18 June 2016 Time: 21:10
Mamelodi Sundowns put in a magnificent performance in their first CAF Champions League group stage match against ES Setif, coming home from Algeria with a 2-0 win.
After a cagey opening half-hour during which the home side created one or two half-chances – one shot wide and another header straight at Wayne Sandilands – it was the South African team that took the lead.
It was a goal of individual brilliance as Tiyani Mabunda – so close to leaving Sundowns recently and the last player on the plane due to visa issues – exchanged passes with Hlompho Kekana in the centre of the park before driving forward, rolling the ball onto his weaker left foot and sending a curling shot into the top-right corner from about 20 yards, on his CAF debut.
At the start of the second half the Algerian side came out determined to get back into the game and went very close with a flicked corner-kick that flashed just wide, but Sundowns weathered that early storm.
The Brazilians then doubled their lead with another moment of brilliance, this time from player of the season Khama Billiat. Keagan Dolly picked up a blocked shot deep in midfield and released the Zimbabwean early. Billiat beat his first defender with a clever flick inside before dribbling past another in the box and finishing at the near post on his left foot – a mesmerising dribble.
Sundowns put in a professional shift in the final half-hour as Setif rarely threatened their goal, except for one clear chance that Akram Djahnit ballooned over the bar unmarked from about 10 yards out.
Unsavoury scenes followed in stoppage time as crowd trouble forced coach Pitso Mosimane to pull the Sundowns players off the pitch as they all gathered in the dugout. A few minutes later they were back on the pitch but were made to stand around for 10 minutes as safety precautions were followed.
It was the 91st minute when chaos erupted on the side of the field, but eventually, after a lot of unnecessary waiting, the final whistle was blown.
Sundowns move to the top of Group B on three points, with Enyimba hosting Zamalek on Sunday.
Setif: Khedairia, Ziti, Delhoum, Arroussi, Hachi, Djabou, Ouamar, Amada (Lamri 46'), Haddouche (Bakir 40'), Djahnit, Saadi (Amokrane 66')
Sundowns: Sandilands, Mbekile, Nthethe, Arendse, S Zwane, Kekana, Mabunda (Modise 84'), T Zwane, Dolly, Billiat, Castro (Ngele 71')