Mamelodi Sundowns have made a triumphant journey to the final of the inaugural African Football League (AFL). They achieved this feat by bravely holding their ground against Egyptian giants Al Ahly, securing a 0-0 second leg result amidst a hostile crowd in Cairo.
A Time of Sporting Triumph for South Africa
This achievement comes at a time when South Africa is basking in the glory of sporting success. The Springboks recently clinched the 2023 Rugby World Cup by defeating the All Blacks in the final held in Paris. Meanwhile, the Proteas are demonstrating formidable form in the Cricket World Cup in India. Amidst these victories, Sundowns are proudly representing South African football on an international platform.
The Journey to the Final
The journey to the final was not without its challenges. Despite winning the first leg 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld, Sundowns had to face a hostile crowd at Cairo International Stadium for the second leg. However, they managed to maintain a polished and stifling defensive display, securing their place in their first continental final since winning the Champions League in 2016. Their opponent in the final will be Moroccan nemesis Wydad Athletic, who narrowly defeated them in last season’s Caf Champions League semifinals.
Overcoming Challenges and Looking Ahead
Despite ending the game with 10 men after Junior Mendieta’s dismissal in the 83rd minute, Sundowns managed to keep Al Ahly at bay. Al Ahly, despite being the most successful team in the Champions League with 11 titles, could not progress further due to Sundowns’ strong defensive tactics. As Sundowns prepare for their upcoming match against Wydad Athletic, they carry with them not just the hopes of their fans, but also the pride of South African football.