Mamelodi Sundowns are on the brink of qualifying for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals after defeating Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Sundowns had three changes from the late win over the Red Devils in Cairo.
Mothobi Mvala, Haashim Domingo and Thapelo Morena were all recalled.
Meanwhile, Al Ahly were bolstered by the return of Percy Tau, who came off the bench in the return fixture.
The Brazilians were threatening on transitions in the early stages and they came close to breaking the deadlock in the 22nd minute after Mvala’s looping strike from the edge of the box was headed into the top of the crossbar by Yasser Ibrahim.
The hosts eventually broke the deadlock from the resultant corner as Peter Shalulile guided Lyle Lakay’s corner with his knee at the back post.
Mosimane’s charges were not given time and space on the ball going forward, particularly Tau, who was isolated upfront but Mohamed Kafsha had a chance to level matters just before the halftime break after going through on goal in the box but he dragged shot wide across goal.
The victory means that Mamelodi Sundowns opened a six-point gap at the top of the group standings.
They need a point from their last two games in order to advance to the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile Al Ahly remained second on the table with the destiny in their own hands.