NEW | The numbers behind Mamelodi Sundowns’ Champions League triump
Mamelodi Sundowns managed to win their first-ever African title after their triumph over Cairo giants Zamalek in the final, breaking some African records on the way.
Similar to Denmark’s triumph in the UEFA Euro’s in 1992, Mamelodi Sundowns found themselves brought back to the CAF Champions League after their opponents that eliminated them AS Vita Club were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. Surprisingly, Masandawana went all the way to win the cup! Eliminated, reinstated and crowned champions. What are the odds… But what are the numbers behind that triumph?
Starting off with the man, the mastermind behind his team’s triumph Pitso Mosimane:
He became just the first-ever South African coach to win the CAF Champions League title. ON the way, Sundowns became the second-ever team from South Africa to lift the prestigious trophy it after Ronald Mkandawire did it in 1995 with Orlando Pirates. His record against Egyptian opposition remains at three wins and one loss from four matches.
*NOTE: Mkandawire won the tournament in its old format, the Africa Cup of Champions Clubs.
DID YOU KNOW? The only non-African coach that has won the CAF Champions League in the previous seven years was Wadi Degla’s Patrice Carteron with TP Mazembe.
2010: Lamine NDiaye (SEN)
2011: Nabil Maaloul (TUN)
2012: Hossam El-Badry (EGY)
2013: Mohamed Youssef (EGY)
2014: Kheirredine Madoui (ALG)
2015: Patrice Carteron (FRA)
2016: Pitso Mosimane (RSA)
Mamelodi Sundowns will become the first-ever South African club to play at the FIFA Club World Cup where they face the possibility of meeting UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Regarding Zamalek, they have now lost two finals out of seven, meaning they remain at joint-second with TP Mazembe in the list of winners, behind Al Ahly who have won it a record eight times.
Surprise of the tournament though must be Percy Tau who was on loan at Witbank Spurs last season making 11 appearances in the league. Called back to Sundowns by coach Pitso Mosimane from Spurs, the player was added to Downs’ CAF Champions League squad‚ which had been left thin by contractual issues to a number of players.
Since his loan deal expired on the 30th, Tau managed to appear in Masandawana’s remaining seven Champions League games, scoring and assisting twice with one of his strikes coming in the semis of the tournament. What a rise. No wonder he was looking at his medal in disbelief!
Away from South Africa, Denis Onyango became the first-ever footballer from Uganda to be crowned Africa Champion. He will be in high spirit ahead of meeting Egypt soon.
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