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South Africa's Sundowns reach first Champions League final since 2001

Ahram Online , Saturday 24 Sep 2016
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Zambia's ZESCO United beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at home in the first leg of the African Champions League semi final (Photo: Sundowns' official Facebook page)
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South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns qualified for the African Champions League final for the first time since 2001 after overcoming a first-leg deficit to beat Zambia's ZESCO United 2-0 at home on Saturday.

Liberian midfielder Anthony Laffor opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute with a shot from inside the area after skipping past his challenger.

Sundowns would have already advanced on the away goal rule, given that they lost the first leg 2-1, but they ensured their progress with another goal four minutes past the hour mark.

Percy Tau netted with a diving free header after beating the offside trap to send Sundowns to the final for the first time since they lost 4-1 on aggregate to Egypt's Ahly in 2001.

Sundowns are likely to face another Egyptian side in Zamalek, who enjoy a four-goal lead before they meet Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the away leg later on Saturday.

The South Africans have never won Africa's prestigious club competition.

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