CAF Champions League: Sundowns claim crucial away win in Botswana

TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

South African league champions Mamelodi Sundowns won the first leg of their CAF Champions League second round preliminary qualifier 2-0 against Jwaneng Galaxy at the Lobatse Stadium in Lobatse, Botswana, on Tuesday.

Early strikes in either half by Mothobi Mvala (’10) and Peter Shalulile (’46) gave the 2016 champions a major victory capped off by two away goals and a clean sheet.

FILE PHOTO: A picture showing the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Champions League trophy. (Photo credit MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the coach of the Botswana league champions talking up their chances before the match, his side fell short and will need a strong performance to knock out their opponents in the second leg.

Elsewhere, Eswatini’s Young Buffaloes registered a shock result by holding former champions AS Vita club of Democratic Republic of Congo to a 2-2 draw at the Mavuso Sports Centre in Manzini.

Four second half goals saw the game spring into life after a goalless first half. The Congolese side, however, will be favourites to advance to the group stage of Africa’s elite club competition.

Moroccan champions Raja Casablanca were due to face Senegal’s Teungueth in the day’s final game of the day’s qualifiers.

Meanwhile, in the Confederation Cup, last season’s beaten finalists Pyramids F.C. secured a narrow 1-0 win away to Al-Ittihad of Libya in a match played at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt. The winning goal was scored by Ghanaian forward John Antwi 11 minutes into the second half.

Orlando Pirates of South Africa edged Angola’s Sagrada Esperança 1-0 at the Estádio dos Coqueiros in Luanda. Thembinkosi Lorch scored the all-important goal 16 minutes from full-time to give the club known as the Sea Robbers a slim advantage heading into the second leg.

In other matches, NAPSA Stars (Zambia) and UD Songo (Mozambique) played out a goalless draw and JS Kabylie (Algeria) defeated US Gendarmerie (Nigeria) 2-1.

The final match of the day saw Egypt’s Arab Contractors host two-time former champions Étoile du Sahel of Tunisia.