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Caf Champions League: Remembering Mamelodi Sundowns 5-0 Al Ahly - Mosimane's finest hour?

3:50 PM MYT 26/02/2022
Pitso Mosimane celebrates with Mamelodi Sundowns players in April 2019
The Brazilians are set to square off with the Egyptian giants in an eagerly anticipated Group A encounter which will be played in Cairo on Saturday

GOAL remembers when Sundowns defeated Africa's most decorated football club

  • Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rulani Mokwena and Pitso Mosimane.

    Mosimane returns to Mzansi

    Sundowns will face their former coach Pitso Mosimane for the third time since he left the club for Al Ahly in September 2020.

    The accomplished South African mentor guided the Red Eagles to a 2-0 win over Masandawana in a group stage clash in Cairo last season, before the two teams drew 1-1 in Tshwane in the reverse fixture.

    Prior to those matches, Mosimane was in charge of the South African champions as they inflicted the worst defeat on Al Ahly since 1942.

    GOAL relives the one-sided encounter.

  • Lucas Moripe Stadium

    Masandawana seek first-leg advantage

    Sundowns were widely considered to be the underdogs when they played host to the North African football powerhouse in the Caf Champions League quarter-final first-leg match in April 2019.

    Masandawana had never defeated the Red Eagles, but this changed when the two sides met in front of a packed Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane.
  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns & Ahmed Fathi, Al Ahly, April 2019

    Downs weather the early storm and take the lead

    Al Ahly did most of the attacking in the opening stages of the game, but the hosts stood firm at the back and Mosimane's side grew into the match gradually. 

    Tebogo Langerman received a pass from Gaston Sirino in the left flank before delivering a great cross for Themba Zwane, who tapped the ball home from close range to hand Sundowns a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.
  • Wayne Arendse, Mamelodi Sundowns & Marawan Mohsen, Al Ahly, April 2019

    Al Ahly's weak point exploited

    Most of the Brazilians' attacks were coming from their left flank as the Mosimane attackers targeted right-back Mohamed Hany, who gave away a foul on Zwane six minutes before the half-hour mark.

    Sirino's delivery from the resultant set-piece was top notch as he was able to find Wayne Arendse, who scored with a tap in from close range - beating goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy to make it 2-0 to Sundowns.
  • Ricardo Nascimento of Mamelodi Sundowns, March 2020

    The Red Eagles under siege

    The visitors were under siege after the restart with Masandawana constantly launching attacks and the hosts were awarded a penalty after El Shenawy fouled Lebohang Maboe in the box two minutes into the second-half.

    Ricardo Nascimento stepped up and beat Egypt's finest goalkeeper from the spot-kick to make it 3-0 to Sundowns, who were in complete control of the encounter.

  • Tebogo Langerman, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2019

    Langerman continues to hurt Al Ahly

    Hany was substituted towards the end of the first-half as then-Al Ahly manager Martin Lasarte brought in an attacker Nasser Maher, but this gave Langerman the freedom to attack constantly on Masandawana's left flank.

    The former Bafana Bafana international was afforded space and time to play a pass for Sirino, who put his name on the score sheet in the 62nd minute with a composed finish to extend Sundowns' lead to 4-0.

  • Phakamani Mahlambi of Sundowns tackled by Yasser Ibrahim El Hanafi of Al Ahly, April 2019

    Mahlambi haunts Red Eagles

    Mosimane decided to introduce Phakamani Mahlambi with 12 minutes left on the clock and the former Al Ahly winger became a constant threat to the visitors' defence with his explosive speed.

    Mahlambi then sealed Sundowns' emphatic 5-0 win over a hapless Al Ahly side when he turned home Thapelo Morena's low cross following a quick counter by the hosts in the 83rd minute. 
  • Pitso Mosimane - Mamelodi Sundowns

    Mosimane embarrasses his future employers

    Masandawana were then beaten 1-0 in the second-leg clash in Cairo a week later, but the PSL giants progressed to the semi-finals after winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

    For Al Ahly, the heavy loss remains the heaviest defeat they have suffered in African competition and their worst altogether since Zamalek beat them 6-0 in the 1942 Egyptian Cup final.