Addis Ababa – Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa defeated St George of Ethiopia 1-0 in CAF Champions League Group C match here today.
The lone goal of the match was scored b y the Liberian Anthony Laffor in the 85th minute.
Saint George provided only a sporadic threat to Sundowns’ defence, but in injury time at the end of the first half they were gifted a penalty when Anele Ngcongca was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.
Natnael Zekele took on the responsibility of the spot kick, but was denied by a fine save from ‘Downs goalkeeper Denis Onyango to see the game locked at 0-0 heading into the interval.
St George played poorly except for the opening ten minutes of the match, where they tried to press Mamelodi. The team had a chance to go ahead just before half-time when they were awarded a penalty kick after Anele Ngcongca handled the ball in the box. Unfortunately Salhadin Said’s attempt was saved by Sundows goalkeeper Denis Onyango.
St George had a lackluster performance in the second-half where the midfield was non existent and Salhadin Said didn’t have the much needed support upfront.
What was more disappointing than the loss is how the team played, There was no creativity or coordination. There was no real goal attempt and to make matters worse, there was no urgency even in the dying minutes
St George’s fans would have been happy with a scoreless tie considering that this was a very crucial but it didn’t turn out that way.
Mamelodi came with a purpose and they were successful in getting the maximum three points.
Meanwhile gGroup leader Esperance de Tunis held AS Vita Club of Congo to a scoreless tie in Kinshasa,
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