Mamelodi Sundowns took a giant step towards reaching the CAF Champions League quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Al Ahly on Saturday.
Peter Shalulile scored the only goal of the game in the first half to help Sundowns open a six-point gap over their Group A rivals.
This was Sundowns’ second successive win over Al Ahly having beaten them by the same scoreline in Alexandria, Egypt over a week ago.
In so doing, Sundowns emulated Pirates by becoming the only second South African team to beat Al Ahly twice in a single CAF Inter-club competition season.
In the 2014/15 season, Pirates beat Al Ahly home and away in the CAF Confederation Cup – 1-0 at Orlando Stadium and 4-3 at Suez Stadium – to record a 5-3 aggregate win.
That was in the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup, and the win saw Pirates reach the final where they lost to 2-1 on aggregate to Étoile du Sahel.
WHY SUNDOWNS WIN OVER AL AHLY IS HUGE
For the first time in over two decades, Sundowns have gotten the better of Al Ahly in back-to-back CAF Champions League matches.
In addition, Sundowns achieved that without conceding a goal against Al Ahly – they have managed two clean sheets in those encounters.
Saturday’s clean sheet was Sundowns’ only third against Al Ahly in 12 CAF Champions League matches.
Al Ahly have five clean sheets against the Brazilians.