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banner Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
Sundowns facing big cup upset
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Nigerian international striker Raphael Chukwu was kept surprisingly quiet by the visitors
Champions League first round, first leg
Mamelodi Sundowns (S Africa) 0-0 Costa do Sol (Mozambique)

Mozambican club Costa do Sol pulled off a morale-boosting goalless draw away at much-fancied Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in Pretoria on Sunday.

It effectively sets up the potential of an upset start to the African Champions League this year when the two teams meet in Maputo in the second leg.

Costa do Sol had the perfect game plan against the South African champions, who last year missed out on reaching the final of the Champions League to Esperance on goal difference.

The Mozambicans, who have not been beyond the second round in six attempts, played with defensive discipline and looked for opportunities on the counter-attack, led by the tireless running of captain Jossias.

They could well have won the game had midfielder Artur taken a golden opportunity midway through the first half but he hit his shot straight at Sundowns' goalkeeper John Tlale.

Momentary slip

Congolese defender Jean Sota was outstanding in defence for Costa do Sol along with Caito and Nando, who kept Sundowns' Nigerian international Raphael Chukwu quiet.

The big striker failed to bear the heavy striking responsibility thrust on his shoulders when captain Daniel Mudau was ruled out by a groin injury. Cameroon striker Alain Amougou was already in Holland where he is having trials.

The home team picked up the pace of the game in the second half and a momentary slip by Costa do Sol's defence allowed Chukwu a chance to score from close range, only for Antoninho to foil him with a brilliant save, and Nando blocked when the rebound fell to Snothi Mthalane.

There was a large crowd of Mozambican expatriates on hand for the first round, first leg tie, cheering their team's draw and celebrating on the field at the end of the game.

Costa do Sol will now have the psychological advantage for the return match at Estadio Machava in Maputo in two weeks, where the bumpy surface is unlikely to favour the South Africans.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Tlale, Mnguni, McCarthy, Manzini, Masilela (Bapela 46), Kampamba, Charles Motlohi, Shai (Mbele 72), Feutmba, Meiring (Mthalane 46), Chukwu
Costa do Sol: Antoninho, Pascoal, Sota, Nando, Caito, Edmundo, Artur (Samuel 81), Jossias, Nelinho, Ze Bernardo (Chissano 76), Mavo (Magaba 54)
Referee: Ludwig Subeb (Namibia)
Attendance: 5,000

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