GALLERY: A year has passed since Mamelodi Sundowns won the CAF Champions League
Posted: 23 October 2017 Time: 13:45
Today, October 23, marks exactly a year since Mamelodi Sundowns made history as they conquered Africa to win their maiden CAF Champions League crown.
Despite entering through the ‘back door’ following AS Vita’s expulsion for fielding an ineligible player, Masandawana made the most of their second chance, topping their group before edging Zambian giants Zesco United 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals to advance to the final.
The Brazilians were their brilliant best in the first leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium, as goals from Anthony Laffor, Tebogo Langerman and an own goal gave the Pretoria club a 3-0 cushion against Egyptian rivals Zamalek heading into the second leg of the final in Alexandria.
And despite not initially being given a training pitch, despite the hostile home crowd, lasers, flares and going a goal down, Sundowns held on to eventually emerge 3-1 aggregate winners and lift their first CAF Champions League crown.
It was the first taste of premier club continental success for South Africa in 21 years, with no side previously able to match Orlando Pirates’ 1995 victory.
Below are a few images to remember the historic feat of a year ago: