The Brazilians came into this game with only pride to play for, having already qualified for the semi-finals with flying colours thanks to earlier results in the group.
This win was Enyimba’s only victory in the campaign having lost to both Sundowns and Egyptian side Zamalek and the game was purely a matter of pride for them.
From kick off, Enyimba were on the attack, forcing the Tshwane giants onto the defence. Thabo Nthete, who had the armband in the absence of captain Hlompho Kekana, marshalled his defence well. Soumahoro Bangaly paired with him in central defence, while Rheece Evans got a start at right back and Siyanda Zwane moved to the left back.
But it was in mid-field where coach Pitso Mosimane was adventurous. Tiyani Mabunda led the youngster Motjeka Madisha, Themba Zwane and Percy Tau held matters together as the General Teko Modise did the distribution. Anthony Laffor was the lone striker up front.
As early as the eighth minute, Wayne Sandilands was caught off his line but the ball landed on the roof of the net. Enyimba were playing the long-ball to get the ball behind the Sundowns defence and played three up front to get the goals that have been eluding them through the tournament.
Madisha sent a ball through down on the right, with Laffor in pursuit, but the pass was too strong and he could not keep it in play.
The Enyimba attackers were giving Soumahoro a hard run on the right, as he was forced wide to cover for Zwane.
Enyimba won the first set-piece of the game – and it became clear that they had worked on set-pieces to break through the Sundowns defence.
Mabunda stole a ball in the midfield, weaved through and laid on for Laffor who was just off-side.
In the 23rd minute, Sundowns gave away another set-piece on the edge of the box, and this time Enyimba did not get it wrong as J Uche Ukubuweze sent a scorcher which gave Sandilands no chance to take the lead. (1–0).
Another cross from the right flew over the heads of the Sundowns defenders and Enyimba attackers alike.
Then, on 32 minutes Tau hustled his way down the right flank, cutting in on the goal line before shooting for goal, and as his shot was blocked. Another effort was also blocked with the ball heading into the air. Tau was the first to react and he headed the ball into the far corner to give Sundowns the equaliser. (1–1).
With the rain bucketing down, Enyimba struck back on the cusp of half-time. Wayne Sandilands, so impressive in wins over ES Setif and Zamalek, punished by Mfon Udoh who pounced on a heavy touch by the Sundowns goalkeeper to score his eighth goal of campaign.
Udoh completed his brace five minutes into the second stanza. Rheece Evans the guilty party this time around, fouling Stephen Chukwude inside the area. The tournaments leading scoring duly stepped up, confidently dispatching the ball into the left corner of the net.
Themba Zwane had a golden chance to pull goal back for the Brazilians in the 58th minute, but with the goal at his mercy the midfielder sliced his effort wide.
Enyimba should have put the game beyond any reasonable doubt in the 80th minute. With an open goal in-front of him, Etor Daniel decided to pass instead of just rolling the ball into the back of the net.
The game failed to cough up any goal scoring chances in the final exchanges.