Mamelodi Sundowns are back at the top in Group B of the CAF Champions League after digging deep to secure a 2-1 win over Nigeria League champions Enyimba International.
The Brazilians who had their win away to ES Setif cancelled after the Algerians were expelled are back in pole position with the win over the two-time African champions.
Leonardo Castro’s strike in the 42nd minute was initially canceled by Dele Ojo’s rasping shot early in the second half but the hosts made sure they got all three points on the night as Wayne Arendse tucked the ball into the net in the 77th minute to seal what is a vital win.
Downs and Zamalek now each have three points from a game. Enyimba‚ on their part have zero and now have a very hard task fighting back from two defeats to be one of the top two who reach the semis.
Indeed Sundowns desrve thumps up having been exhausted from a long PSL season‚ and mentally worn from being called back to this tournament after their second round opponents‚ AS Vita‚ were expelled.
They were impressive lifting themselves against a characteristically organised and robust Nigerian opponents and will be one step closer to the semis if they can put up the kind of performance they put up in Algiers when they face Zamalek in their next game.