Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango put up a man of the match performance as Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca drew first blood beating Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in the first leg semi-final of 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League on Friday.
In a game Onyango produced up to nine stunning saves, Salah Eddine was at hand to open the scoring in the 26th minute for the hosts, sending the capacity crowd into wild celebrations.
The visitors didn’t give in after, they instead pushed and their efforts paid off in the 41st minute when Anele Ngcongca headed home to level matters.
With the score 1-1 at half time, it was certain the hosts wanted to cause further damage but Onyango made outstanding saves to keep the score apiece.
He, however, would later spill the ball after a save for Aouk Badi who tapped home to give the hosts the lead again two minutes into the second half.
“It was tough but we managed to keep the scoreline in reach for us,” Onyango told www.football-256.com after before adding.
“The Job is just getting tough for us, we must go and finish it back home, but our focus and concentration will have to be up there for us to achieve our dream of playing the final again.”
“We have worked so hard to be here, and we are not going to give in easily we have to fight up to the end,” Onyango added.
The second leg will be played on Saturday as the Lucas Moripe Stadium awaits a fantastic entertaining game but Sundowns will certainly feel they have every opportunity of reaching a second Champions League final in four years.
Sundowns hammered club of the century Al Ahly 5-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinals and are hoping they can replicate the same form to advance to the finals. Pitso Mosimane’s charges are hoping to win another continental title.