Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the quarter-final stage of the Caf Champions League following a hard fought 2-1 win over USM Alger at Loftus on Saturday.
The Brazilians qualified for the quarterfinal with two games to spare after a hard fought 2-1 win over USM Alger of Algeria through goals by Thapelo Morena and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
It became the fourth time in five years that the Brazilians have qualified for the knockout stages of his competition as they are top of Group C with ten points from four matches and they have also notably increased their unbeaten record in this competition at home to 17 matches.
The only major job left for Sundowns in their remaining two matches against Wydad Casablanca at home and away to Petro de Luanda is to protect and safeguard their lead at the top of Group C.
Qualifcation for the next stage of Africa’s premier club competition in a way eases pressure off The Brazilians slightly as they can now focus and concentrate on the domestic campaign of the PSL where they have two big matches on the trot this week.
They have a date with resurgent Orlando Pirates under coach Jozef Zinnbauer at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday then the Tshwane derby against SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Ateridgeville on Saturday.
By Gerald Dandah