Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns showed their class at the Lucas Moripe Stadium they thrashed eight-time CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly 5-0 in the first leg of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League quarter-final.
The winning attitude started with Themba Zwane’s, he slotted home on 14th minute off an assist by Tebogo Langerman.
The lead was double 10 minutes later when Wayne Arendse, who tapped the ball home from close range off a free kick that was converted by Gaston Sirino.
Al Ahly were struggling to carve out any chances at the Sundowns goal, which prompted coach Martín Lasarte to withdraw Mohamed Hany for Nasser Maher 10 minutes to halftime.
The visitors did manage to create an opening late in the first stanza, but goalkeeper Denis Onyango proved his worth with a fine save.
The second half got off to a lively start for the hosts, who were awarded a penalty in the 47th minute, which Ricardo Nascimento converted to extend the lead.
Pitso Mosimane’s men went from strength to strength in the second half and they were rewarded with a fourth goal on the hour mark.
Sirino rifled the ball beyond Mohamed-Shenawy after being picked out by Langerman.
One of the biggest cheers of the day was reserved for Sibusiso Vilakazi, who returned to action after replacing Sirino for the final 20 minutes.
At last Phakamani Mahlambi was introduced a few minutes later in place of Maboe, and he managed to send his former side with a five-goal difference.
Their second leg returns on April 13th as the winners of the first leg are hosted.