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COMMENT: Sundowns should be more ruthless in the Caf Champions League

17:53 GMT+3 28/07/2018
Mamelodi Sundowns v Togo-Port, July 2018
The Brazilians are in with a chance to make it into the knockout stages, but they will have to score more to earn the respect of their opponents

Mamelodi Sundowns kept their dreams of making it past the group stages of the Caf Champions League alive with a 2-1 win over AS Togo-Port on Friday. 

While this was a morale-boosting victory for the Tshwane giants, their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal proved to be their biggest downfall. 

Going into the encounter, Sundowns were sitting at the bottom of Group C with just two points from their opening three matches. 

They also had a goal difference of minus one (-1), and they needed to score more to at least get closer to leaders Wydad Casablanca.

The Group C is very tight, and winning convincingly is the only way to stay ahead of the rest. 

Looking back at how Sundowns played against Togo-Port in the two encounters, it's easy to conclude that Pitso Mosimane's men may live to rue the goalscoring chances they failed to take.

In Togo, Sundowns could have easily won the match by at least six goals because while Togo-Port were comfortable in front of their own fans, they did not really threaten the visiting team despite scoring the only goal of the match.

Friday's match saw Sundowns attempt 14 shots at goal with only six of those hitting the target, but they only managed to score just twice. 

This despite enjoying ball possession and closing their opponents down for the better part of the game.

In as much as defence wins you titles, goals win you games, and the best way to defend is to attack.

Sundowns' weakness in this year's edition has been both in defence and upfront, and Mosimane should get his charges to tick again to stand any chance of possibly winning their second African crown.

The tournament is likely to get tougher in the knockout rounds, and at that stage, it's all about scoring goals and winning games to make it to the next round.

Nonetheless, It's not too late for Sundowns to get their house in order and show that their are a force to be reckoned with on the continent.