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South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns crowned Champions League winners

The long wait is finally over, South African football giants Mamelodi Sundowns have made history, crowned as the African champions for 2016 after beating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate. With the remarkable achievement Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane becomes the first South African coach to guide a club to continental glory. A hearty congratulations to Sundowns and Mosimane on the historic achievement.

The long wait is finally over, South African football giants Mamelodi Sundowns have made history, crowned as the African champions for 2016 after beating Egypt’s Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate.

Sundowns claimed their maiden CAF Champions League trophy after narrowly losing to Zamalek by a goal to nil in Alexandria, but AmaSandawana got the elusive star after beating Zamalek on aggregate after a remarkable first leg triumph in Atteridgeville.

Sundowns’ first leg 3-0 win proved  insurmountable for Zamalek despite the five time champions league winners dominating proceedings. The Egyptian giants got their only goal of the final from Stanley Ohawuchi, who scored a brilliant long-range strike, giving Zamalek some hope.

Mamelodi Sundowns' Percy Tau (L) is congratulated by teammate Keagan Dolly (R) after scoring a goal during the CAF Championship final football match Mamelodi Sundowns vs Zamalek on October 15, 2016 at Atteridgville Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo: ANP/AFP Stringer
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Percy Tau (L) is congratulated by teammate Keagan Dolly (R) after scoring a goal during the CAF Championship final football match Mamelodi Sundowns vs Zamalek on October 15, 2016 at Atteridgville Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo: ANP/AFP Stringer

Pitso Mosimane’s men held on despite facing a barrage of attacks from Zamalek to claim their maiden continental honours.

With the remarkable win Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane becomes the first South African coach to guide a club to continental glory. Scottish coach Joe Frickleton led Orlando Pirates to the country’s first success in the 1995 Champions Cup.

With the continental success Sundowns received  $1.5 million and the Champions booked their place at the FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Japan in December.

Sundowns' coach Pitso John Mosimane (L) reacts after winning the CAF Champions League  football competition following the final match between Zamalek and Mamelodi Sundowns on October 23, 2016 at the Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria. Photo: ANP
Sundowns’ coach Pitso John Mosimane (L) reacts after winning the CAF Champions League football competition following the final match between Zamalek and Mamelodi Sundowns on October 23, 2016 at the Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria. Photo: ANP

South Africans are celebrating the historic achievement having endured 21 years without a South African club lifting the trophy. Mamelodi Sundowns came close in 2001 when they finished as runner ups, after losing 4-1 to the most successful African team in the competition, Egyptian giants Al-Ahly who have won the trophy a record eight times (runner-ups twice).

A hearty congratulations to Sundowns on the historic achievement.

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