Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns got the job done on a
drenched Loftus Versfeld pitch as they beat 10-man Rayon Sports 2-0 to advance
to the CAF Champions League group stages.
Pitso Mosimane's side held the Rwandan
outfit to a goalless draw in Kigali in the first leg of their play-off tie, and
goals either side of the break from Wayne Arendse and Sibusiso Vilakazi in
Pretoria secured their passage into the next round of Africa's elite club
The visitors finished the game with 10 men
after substitute Caleb Bimenyimana saw red for a poor challenge on Tebogo
Langerman in the final minute.
Sundowns would boss the second leg,
although they survived an early scare when Denis Onyango pulled off an
outstanding save to keep out a rasping effort in the fourth minute.
The hosts moved into the ascendancy around
the 10-minute mark which led to attempts from Hlompho Kekana, Gaston Sirino and
Percy Tau all narrowly missing the target.
The visiting defence eventually cracked in
the 34th minute having failed to deal with a corner aimed towards the near
post, where Arendse was left with a simple finish to open the scoring.
Gikundiro had Jean-Luc Ndayishimiye to
thank for keeping them in the contest at half-time after the keeper denied Tau
at close range in the closing stages of the first half.
The Brazilians switched off at the start of
the second half as Hussein Shabani found himself clean through on goal, but he
failed to capitalise on the gilt-edged opportunity by firing over with just
Onyango to beat.
They recovered quickly, and Gaston Sirino was
unlucky to see his curling effort from distance come back off the crossbar in
the 55th minute, although Vilakazi was on hand to slot home on the rebound.
Tau went close to extend Downs' lead when
he surged through the defence to go clear on goal in the 66th minute, but
Ndayishimiye produced a smart save to parry his shot behind.
A flowing move involving Tau, Vilakazi and
Zwane presented a chance for the latter 15 minutes from time. However, Zwane
too was denied by Ndayishimiye, who enjoyed a good match between the sticks.
The contest finished on a sour note for
Ivan Minnaert' men when Bimenyimana received a straight red card for a reckless
tackle on Langerman at the death.