Horoya hold Sundowns in four-goal thriller

In a highly tactical clash played in Conakry, Mamelodi Sundowns shared the spoils with Horoya with after a 2-2 draw in a rescheduled Group C Day Two clash at the Stade du 28 Septembre on Wednesday evening.

Khama Billiat who was playing his last match for Mamelodi Sundowns cancelled out Mandela Ocansey opener before Aboubacar Camara levelled matters for the hosts after Gastron Sirino grabbed what looked to be the winning goal for Sundowns.

Coming into the match from a positive outing in Togo where they edged AS Togo Port de Lome with a 2-1 victory, the Guineans were looking to cause a major upset against their more fancied South African opponents who drew against holders, Wydad Athletic Club in their previous outing.

The former champions had the first chance at drawing blood in the opening minutes when a clever ball from contender for Player of the Season, Percy Tau, landed in the path of Uruguayan Sirino who reacted late for the ball to go out for a goal kick.

Minutes later, Daouda Camara was given space in a dangerous area outside the box but his tame effort hardly troubled goalie Razak Brimah who manned the post in the absence of injured Dennis Onyango. The burly striker was back in the picture in the 19th minute when he connected well with a Ocansey cross but was unlucky to find an alert Brimah who fisted the ball away from danger.

The forward continued to be a nuisance to the travellers when he unexpectedly pulled the trigger from far out with his powerful strike being saved by keeper as the warning signs kept coming for the former champions.

With the backing of the home crowd, Horoya did well to suffocate Sundowns and deprive them of their enterprising passing game with very little chances coming from the South Africans who looked flat for the better part of the opening half.

The hosts continued where they left off in the first half when Mandela impressively turned two defenders to shoot from close range but his shot agonisingly came off the upright with the keeper having no chance.

From the restart, Camara won the ball and unleashed a thunderbolt that was miraculously saved by the alert Brimah.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 50th minute when Ocansey connected with a low shot from a Camara assist to give the hosts the lead.

Assoko Marius almost doubled the lead for Horoya with a header that went across the face of goal with the visitors being on the back-foot two minutes later.

Pitso Mosimane’s men got their chance at goal just before the hour mark when Billiat was sent through on goal but with just the keeper to beat, he sent his shot wide off target. The Zimbabwean redeemed himself minutes later after a late run into the box to connect a lay off from Tau to easily slot home the equaliser.

Billiat was not done for the evening after doing well to beat the off-side trap and get a foul in the box from keeper, Khadim N’ Diaye for Sirino to step up and convert the penalty to give the South Africans what they believed would be the winning goal.

With just 12 minutes left for Sundowns to bag all three points, Camara broke the hearts of the South Africans with a powerful header from a corner to level matters and share the spoils in what was an evenly balanced affair between both sides.

Horoya will now prepare to host the reigning champions Wydad in July while Sundowns will be desperate for all three points when the travel to Togo to face AS Togo Port de Lome.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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