Downs suffer CAF first leg loss

Mamelodi Sundowns got their CAF Champions League off to a rocky start with a 2-1 defeat to Otoho d'Oyo on Sunday afternoon.

Goalscorers in the 2-0 victory over Supersport United Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi were surprise omissions from the starting line-up, being replaced by Tiyani Mabunda and Andile Jali respectively.

The Brazilians suffered an early blow when Mosa Lebusa gave away a penalty and Otoho made no mistake from the spot to take a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Phakamani Mahlambi came close to equalising after making a great run down the middle, but the Otoho goalkeeper made the save.

Otoho doubled their lead with a well directed header from a curling corner. And Sundowns' woes were compounded soon afterwards when captain Hlompho Kekana was sent off. Pitso Mosimane's side were knocking on the door and Lebogang Maboe came close with an effort that shaved the upright.

At half-time, Mosimane brought on Zwane and Vilakazi for Mahlambi and Jali to bolster his side's attacking impetus. Shortly after the interval, Tebogo Langerman was brought down in the penalty area but the referee waved play on.

Downs were pressing high up the pitch and pinning the hosts back in their own half. Their dominance was rewarded when they pulled a goal back through an unstoppable long-range strike from Thapelo Morena.

In the end, however, Otoho held on for the three points, leaving the Brazilians with plenty to do in the return leg on August 23.


Sundowns: Onyango, Ngcongca, Morena, Arendse, Lebusa, Langerman, Jali, Kekana (C), Mabunda, Mahlambi, Maboe.

Subs: Pieterse, Zwane, Madisha, Lakay, Vilakazi, Sirino, Mkhulise.