Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 TP Mazembe: Masandawana crowned Caf Super Cup champions
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A dominant Masandawana display saw them claim another continental title on Saturday night

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated DR Congo giants TP Mazembe 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium to win their first Caf Super Cup title.

The match got off to an exciting start as Masandawana looked to stamp their authority from the onset.

However, for all their efforts they failed to test Sylvain Gbohouo in the Mazembe goal. The first meaningful chance of the half fell to Mazembe after a moment of indecision by Sundowns defender Ricardo Nascimento. Mazembe’s Ben Malango found himself in acres of space with only the goalkeeper to beat, but the forward could only watch on as his effort cannoned off the woodwork twice.

The missed opportunity seemed to spur on the Ravens as they grew in confidence. 

In the 25th minute Malango had another shot on goal, but this time, his speculative effort from outside the area trickled into the arms of Denis Onyango in the Sundowns goal.

On the half-hour mark, Sundowns had a chance of their own when Hlompho Kekana had the beating of the Mazembe defence. The 30-year-old was denied by the Mazembe keeper, who was alert to the danger as he rushed off his line to clear the ball.

With the half time breaking drawing to a close, Khama Billiat had an opportunity at goal, but the Zimbabwean’s shot went high and wide of the Mazembe goal.

Minutes later, Billiat had another chance on goal. This time the 26-year-old’s snap shot was saved by Gbohouo.

Sundowns continued to grow in confidence and threatened the Mazembe goal.

Anthony Laffor attempted a long range shot, but the Mazembe keeper was yet again equal to the task, denying the Liberian attacker by diving to his right.

Both teams went into the half time break deadlocked at 0-0 despite the lively first 45 minutes.

The intensity of the first half looked to have caught up with Mazembe, who were content to play on the counter. The resolute Mazembe defence gave Pitso Mosimane’s attackers a torrid time. Sundowns were relying on long range efforts, and in the 62nd minute, Kekana took a shot from the edge of the box but his sweetly-timed shot went straight at the keeper.

Downs were putting together attack after attack as they went in search of that elusive goal. Laffor had the best chance of the second half after he dazzled the Mazembe defence, but the winger’s effort lacked power to beat Gbohouo.

The Tshwane giants continued to press forward, and they were unfortunate to not have taken the lead through Tiyani Mabunda, who failed to steer his effort past Gbohouo from close range. 

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Mosimane was left fuming after Laffor had another clear-cut opportunity, only to be denied by Gbohouo. The Ivorian goalkeeper was a thorn in the Sundowns attack as he kept his team in the game with a series of brilliant saves.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Sundowns were awarded a penalty after Kekana was fouled inside the box. Nascimento stepped up and sent Gbohouo the wrong from the spot-kick. The goal killed the game off completely as Mazembe couldn't find a way back into the game.

At the end of the day, Nascimento's late penalty was enough to hand Sundowns their first Caf Super Cup title.

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