- Former champions Mamelodi Sundowns were dumped out of the CAF Champions League after a shock draw against Horoya on Tuesday
- Sundowns went into the match knowing they needed to win the home game to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament
- Coach Pitso Mosimane said the team’s bad results earlier in the competition had cost it dearly
An uninspiring and tame looking Mamelodi Sundowns were dumped out of the CAF Champions League after recording a shock home draw against Guinean side Horoya on Tuesday. The former champions needed to win the match at home to progress in the tournament.
Mamelodi Sundowns came closest to breaking the deadlock on a couple of occasions but ultimately never really looked like mounting a serious threat on the defence of Horoya.
Both teams looked uninspired and neither team looked like being able to break through the other’s defences. Sundowns came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second half of the match when a shot at goal hit another player and rebounded.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Horoya advance to the quarter-finals as the second side in Group C, which was dominated by defending champions Wydad Casablanca.
Sport24.com reported that Mamelodi Sundowns have only themselves to blame for crashing out of the competition. The side failed to score in their last three matches which set up the do-or-die encounter with Horoya.
Coach Pitso Mosimane agreed that the team’s run of bad results earlier in the completion had cost it the chance to progress. Mosimane pinned most of the blame on his side’s loss to Togo in July.
Togo was viewed as the easiest team to score against in the group and each one of the other sides targeted nothing less than wins against the team.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ next match is the return leg of the MTN8 semi-final against Cape Town City on Sunday.
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