Togo-Port edge Sundowns in Lome

Togo-Port edge Sundowns in Lome
Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns clears ball from Cheick Ibrahim Comara of Wydad during the 2018 CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on 05 May 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 17, 2018. 17:47

AS Togo-Port claimed a famous 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in a CAF Champions League clash at the Municipal Stadium in Lome on Tuesday afternoon.

The result leaves the Brazilians winless and bottom in Group C with just two points from three matches, while the Togolese side has risen to third place after picking up their first three pointer.

Sundowns looked the more settled and attack-minded team in the early stages, though Togo-Port blew a great chance to take the lead in the 14th minute: an attack down the right wing gave Hudu Yakubu a one-on-one chance with Denis Onyango, but the goalkeeper made a fine save.

That sparked a period of dominance from the West African side, yet the next major opening saw Sundowns put Oupa Manyisa in with a scoring chance after a fine move in the 28th minute, but his low shot from a tight angle was turned behind by goalkeeper Klomegan Ayao.

Togo-Port claimed the lead five minutes before the interval through Ayi Hunlede. The striker picked up a deflected pass and while the static ‘Downs defence appealed in vain for offside, he coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Sundowns made a change at the start of the second half and it almost paid immediate dividends, as Thokozani Sekotlong (who replaced Hlompho Kekana) was presented with a chance within a minute of the restart but was unable to beat Ayao.

The Togo-Port goalkeeper was on hand again in the 73rd minute, denying Vilakazi from close range after the attacker had broken through the defence with a quick one-two. And left-back Tebogo Langerman came within inches of equalising six minutes later, sending a shot onto the outside of the post.

That proved to be the last real opportunity for the South African side, who will look for revenge when the teams meet again in Tshwane in 10 days.

AS Togo-Port (1) 1 (Hunlede 40’)
Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Togo-Port: Ayao, Bode, Djadja, Novon, Hunlede, Sangare (Kloupko 81’), Sewonou (Koussaglo 76’), Yacoubou, Kove, Ibrahim, Yakubu

Sundowns: Onyango, Ngcongca, Arendse, Nascimento, Langerman, Morena (Laffor 86’), Kekana (Sekotlong 46’), Manyisa, Jali, T. Zwane (Ngoma 78’), Vilakazi

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