Mamelodi Sundowns need a point against Zamalek to reach CAF Champions League semi-finals


Having won all their Group B matches including the nullified result against ES Setif – Sundowns stand with pride as the only team to have won all their matches in both pools to date.

A draw this evening at Lucas Moripe Stadium will secure The Brazilians’ place as group winners which comes with the benefit of meeting the second best team in Group A along with playing away first in that two-legged semi-final.

That extra point to their tally of six will automatically eliminate Enyimba from possibly finishing as group winners as the Nigerians can only reach a maximum of six.

With that precious point in Tshwane - Sundowns will still finish top even if Zamalek overcome Enyimba and then go on to lose to the Nigerians in the last group match which will be a dead rubber by then.

The Brazilians last reached the last-four in 2001 when they eventually went on to lose in the final to Al Ahly and are now faced with the possibility of an unlikely meeting with the same Egyptian giants in the semi-finals, or with any of Wydad Casablanca, ZESCO United and ASEC Mimosas.

Al Ahly are bottom of Group A at the halfway stage with a single point, trailing the Moroccan leaders by six points with ZESCO on six, while ASEC has three.

Matters relating to how Sundowns found their way to the group stages are now irrelevant with the possibility of winning this trophy now becoming a realistic target instead of a far-fetched dream.

Since the restructuring and renaming of the continent’s premier club competition from the African Cup of Champions Clubs to the CAF Champions League in 1997 the only South African clubs to reach either the semi-finals or finals of this competition remain Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

Pirates were in the semi-finals in 2006 and reached the final three years ago which they lost to Al Ahly.