Sundowns entered the second leg at home with a 2-1 deficit, but they managed to reverse the situation with Peter Shalulile and Aubrey Modiba scoring crucial goals amidst an electrifying atmosphere at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Mamelodi African Football League Champions
The hosts had a sluggish start due to Wydad’s disruptive tactics of intense pressing and fouling, which hindered their rhythm. Mamelodi Sundowns African Football League Champions
However, Sundowns’ determination paid off as Shalulile swiftly seized the opportunity after Youssef El Motie deflected Teboho Mokoena’s shot in the extra time of the first half.
Modiba wasted no time after the break as he swiftly intercepted a stray pass before dashing through to increase Sundowns’ lead. CAF
Sundowns tactically decelerated the game, as Wydad required two goals to secure victory in the final. To buy themselves crucial time during the intense closing moments, several players deliberately received yellow cards.
With just nine minutes remaining, Ayoub El Amloud of Wydad came close to creating an exciting finale as he narrowly missed a headed goal.
However, Sundowns stood their ground and managed to secure a comprehensive victory, establishing themselves as the inaugural champions of the AFL after the introduction of the new club competition this season. Mamelodi Sundowns African Football League Champions
Coach Rulani Mokwena devised a strategic game plan to counteract Wydad’s initial onslaught, and skillfully exploited their mistakes to secure a decisive victory.
Sundowns’ recent victory marks a significant milestone in their continental journey, as they emerge as the inaugural champions of the newly formed African Football League (AFL).