Mamelodi Sundowns needed a late goal from veteran striker Anthony Laffor to edge past KCCA FC 3-2 on aggregate.
Geoffrey Sserunkuma had given KCCA FC the lead and perhaps hopes of progressing but Laffor, http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-includes/user.php a second half substitute scored the equaliser in the game played at Phillip Omondi stadium on Saturday.
Masandawana’s head coach Pitso Mosimane indicated they kept the belief and were confident despite the goal coming nine minutes to time.
“I must say it was a close contest, http://cellulitzwalczyc.xyz/wp-admin/includes/plugin-install.php KCCA FC pushed us to the wall and it certainly became hard for us,” he said.
“You can score in the first minute of the game, midway, at the death of the clock or any time, so we had the belief we would score,”
“We kept believing the goal we needed would come anytime. They (KCCA FC) decided to fall back and we got more time on the ball to hurt them,” Mosimane indicated in a post-match interview.
Mosimane also stated that the experience they have in the competition played a big role for his side to go past KCCA FC.
“At some stage, experience played in. We knew how to handle game situation even when we conceded early,” he said.
“We kept playing our normal way and when they dropped back, we offered more bodies upfront and it paid off,” Mosimane added.
Geoffrey Sserunkuma tapped home Brian Majwega’s cross in the 31st minute before Anthony Laffor cancelled it out with a powerful shot into the roof of the goal with nine minutes to time.
The result (3-2 on aggregate) meant the defending champions progressed to the group stages while KCCA FC dropped to the Total CAF Confederation cup.