Cape Town - Captain Hlompho Kekana struck the only
goal of the game as Mamelodi Sundowns secured a vital away victory in
their CAF Champions League clash against USM Alger in Algeria on
Kekana scored what proved to be the winner on the hour mark after the
South African side showed some resolute defence to keep the score
goalless at the half-time break.
The hosts started the match on the front foot and immediately put Sundowns under severe pressure.
Zakaria Benchaa should have given Alger the lead after 20 minutes, but
he was brilliantly denied by 'keeper Denis Onyango, who saved from
Onyango was again called into action just after the half-hour mark as
Abdelkrim Zouari struck a long-range shot that had the Sundowns
shot-stopper scrambling, but he eventually did enough to tap the ball
away for a corner.
After a rather torrid first half the visitors showed that they are
now an experienced team in the continent and absorbed everything that
the home side threw at them.
Masandawana enjoyed more possession at the start of the second stanza
and Kekana scored after a rather calamitous mistake by the home defence.
The visiting skipper latched onto a poor back pass and rounded the 'keeper to tuck the ball into an empty net.
The Algerian side almost found the equaliser with 15 minutes
remaining after Aymen Mahious unleashed a long-range strike, but Onyango
pulled off another wonderful save.
The South African team then again knuckled down and produced a great defensive effort to secure a vital three points.
Sundowns remain unbeaten after three matches in the CAF Champions
League group stages with two wins and draw to move up to seven points.