- Mamelodi Sundowns have lost their CAF Champions’ League Group C match against AS Port-Togo 1-0 last night
- The loss means the former CAF champions have fallen to the bottom of Group C
- Andile Jali was the only new recruit from Mamelodi to make his CAF debut in the match
Mamelodi Sundowns have suffered a shock defeat to AS Port-Togo in their CAF Champions’ League Group C match. The former champions went down 1-0 to a team which was previously thought of as the easy pickings of the group.
The loss means Mamelodi has yet to record a victory in West-Africa and with a record of two draws and a loss in the current campaign the team are anchored at the bottom of Group C.
Andile Jali was the only one of Mamelodi’s three new recruits to make his CAF debut. It remains unclear whether Toni Silva, Jose Ali Meza and Lyle Lakay have been registered to play in either the PSL or the CAF competition.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Sundowns will be hoping that New Zealand born Jeremy Brockie will qualify for and accept his South African citizenship. This will free up a valuable slot in the club’s foreign player quota.
Soccerladuma.co.za reported that Mamelodi Sundowns already have to make provisions for Silva and Mesa as foreign players. Other foreign players currently occupying spots in the team are Soumahoro Bangaly, Ricardo Nascimento, Gaston Sirino and Brimah Razak.
Sport24.com reported that Sundowns looked like a deflated team without its star striker Percy Tau. The only silver lining for Pitso Mosimane is that his side created several scoring opportunities.
Mosimane will be concerned that most of these chances were squandered by his players and the remainder were stopped by a very determined goalkeeper.
AS Port-Togo took advantage of some lazy defending and scored the only goal of the match in the 39th minute of the match. The Togo side managed to defend their lead for the rest of the match to record a famous victory.
The club faces the prospect of starting the new PSL campaign without its highly-successful striking combination of Tau and Khama Billiat. Tau is on the verge of signing a deal with Brighton Hove and Albion, whole Billiat already completed a move to Kaizer Chiefs.
Mosimane and his men are now in the unenviable position of not being completely in control of their own destiny. If Horoya wins their next home game against Wydad Casablanca, Sundowns will have little chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.
Sundowns won’t have much time to lick their wounds or reflect on what went wrong as their next match is against Kaizer Chiefs in the new Shell Helix Ultra Cup on Saturday. The match will be played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
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