Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns needed an extra effort to edge Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca in the first leg of the quarterfinal clash of the Total CAF Champions league.
Second half substitute Yannick Zakri scored the lone goal of the game to hand Sundowns a narrow first leg advantage.
In the game played at the Lucas Morippe stadium on Sunday, the visitors tried to march Mamelodi most of the time but eventually got a lapse to allow Zakri fire home.
Starting the game with several key players like Anthony Laffor and Khama Billiat out injured, this did not deter the Masandawana from troubling Wydad Casablanca.
Skipper Hlompho Kekana almost got onto the score sheet eight minutes into the game with a ferocious strike but he was unlucky to find the target with his effort going just wide.
The Moroccan giants opted to play a rather more defensive game to frustrate the home side and the trick worked well in the opening 45 minutes.
However Pitso Mosimane looked the hungrier manager on the day and withdrew Sibusiso Vilakazi for Yannick Zakri.
The change paid off dividends later on in the game with the Ivorian forward tapping home to break the deadlock.
The result means Dennis Onyango’s side carry a 1-0 first leg advantage into the return leg slated for 23rd September in Casablanca, Morocco.