Mamelodi Sundowns came out on top in their highly anticipated clash against Al Ahly at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday afternoon.
Masandawana supporters however stole the show for reasons both good and bad.
2,000 Sundowns fans were given the opportunity to make the short journey to FNB Stadium, with renovations ongoing at their home ground, Loftus Versfeld.
It was not the best of starts for the supporters though, with Al Ahly issuing a statement prior to kick off stating that Sundowns fans delayed their team bus en-route to the ground.
“The lack of organisation and the shortage in the South African police officers, who are responsible to secure our journey to the stadium, caused a disruption,”
“In the end, our team had to take another route to the stadium, which forced us to arrive late ahead of this important game,” the statement read.
Once the game did get underway – the support for the Brazilians was fantastic, the atmosphere in the ground absolutely electric from the first whistle to the last.
Despite the visitors dictating possession throughout, a moment of magic was all it took for Manqoba Mngqithi’s team to get the breakthrough early on.
Lyle Lakay and Peter Shalulile combined for the goal, which was enough to help Sundowns do the double over former manager Pitso Mosimane’s side.
The win was enough to take Masandawana to 10 points at the top of Group A, with a place in the quarter finals awaiting them.
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