South African duo crashes out of Champions League
It was a bad weekend for South African football as the nation’s representatives in the CAF Champions League, crashed out after the second leg matches of the 1/16th stage played over the weekend.
League champions Supersport United were forced to a one all draw by Ugandan side, Kampala City Council at home whilst Ajax Cape Town lost 1-2 to Monomotapa FC of Zimbabwe Harare.
The weekend also saw holders Ahly of Egypt, Coton Sport of Cameroon, Kano Pillars and Heartland FC, both of Nigeria, T.P. Mazembe of DR Congo, Ahly Tripoli of Libya, Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel and Morrocan debutants, Ittihad Khemisset book places for the 1/8th round.
The elimination of the South African duo was one of the major surprises during the weekend matches including Ittihad Khemisset’s 2-0 victory over two-times winners, Asante Kotoko of Ghana.
At Milpark, Mulondo Sikhivhilu put Supersport in the lead on 57 minutes before Anthony Bongole struck the equalizer in the 78th minute, as Kampala-based side
eased through 3-2 on aggregate.
Elsewhere in Harare, “Urban Warrior” Ajax Cape Town saw their continental dreams dashed by the narrow loss to the Monomotapa.
Charles Chiutsa’s 39th minute strike proved decisive after Granwald Scott had canceled Mtulisi Mpahosa 14 minute lead.
The Zimbabwean champions advanced to the last 16 on the away goals rule after both legs were tied 4-4.
Ghana champions, Asante Kotoko were also stunned by debutants, Ittihad Khemisset. Second half strikes from Noureddine Ait Abdelouahed and Hicham al-Fathi powered the Moroccan debutants to a 2-0 victory and a ticket to the next round on the away goals rule after both ties were tied 3-3.
In the Northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Kano Pillars settled for a barren draw with visiting Segelase side AS Douanes but the latter former advanced one the away goal rule after one all draw in the first in Dakar a fortnight ago.
Nigeria’s other representative, Heartland FC also held former winner AS FAR of Morocco to a one all draw in Rabat.
Mohamed Madihi scored for the homer seven minutes past the half-hour mark before Zambian wonder-kid, Signs Chibambo drew parity with a superb strike in the 67th minute. Heartland qualified 4-2 on aggregate.
Holders Al-Ahly of Egypt brushed past Tanzanian champions, Young Africans thanks to Angolan-import Flavio Amado’s fourth minute effort in Dar es Salaam.
Ahly, record six-times winners of the continent’s premier club competition advanced 4-0 on aggregate.
Ahly’s Asistant coach Hossam al-Badry said the experience level of his team made the difference.
"The experience of my players helped them control the game and this was evident in our neatly worked counterattacks which threatened Young Africans regularly.”
In Luanda, gaols from enterprising midfielder Tresor Mputu Mabi and Kaluyituka Dioko, members of the DR Congo African nations Championship (CHAN) victorious team aided T.P. Mazembe to a 2-1 win over local side, Petro Atletico.
Mazembe, who had won the first leg 3-0 eased to the next round on a 5-1 aggregate.
Libya’s Al-Ahly completed a double over former winners, J.S. Kabylie of Algeria with a lone goal victory to progress 3-1 on aggregate. Omar Dawood scored the only goal of the meeting in Tripoli.
Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia displayed a spirited performance to hold ASO Chlef of Algeria to a barren draw in Chlef to qualify 2-1 on aggregate.
Last year’s losing finalists, Coton Sport of Cameroon confirmed their dominance over Gabon’s Mangasport with a 3-2 win in Librevvile.
Coton Sport who managed a slim 2-1 victory in the first leg advanced 5-3 on aggregate.
At Le Tampon, Reunion champions USS Tamponnaise managed a 2-1 win over Sudanese veterans, Al-Hilal but it was not enough to land them a ticket to the last 16. The tension-packed game saw both teams end the game with 10 men each after Gael Payet (USS Tamponnaise) and Ahmed Adeel (Al-Hilal) were sent off a minute from time.
Payet scored in each half while Haitham Mostafa reduced grabbed the crucial away goal for the Sudanese visitors on 58 minutes, who advanced 4-3 on aggregate.
Sudan’s other representatives, Al-Merrikh kept alive their hopes of participation in the mini-league stage of the competition by thrashing Libya’s Al Ittihad 3-0.
Nigerian-born striker Endurance Idahor scored twice in the 11th and 27th minutes before Ragei Abdalla sealed victory seven minutes from half time.
Elsewhere in Ndola, Zambian champions, Zesco United edged past Ivorian giants Africa Sports with a 2-0 win and the same margin on aggregate.
Ivorian giants, ASEC Mimosas and Club Africain of Tunisia bagged lone goal away victories over Etoile Filante of Burkina Faso and Mali’s Djoliba in Ouagadougou and Bamako respectively.
Whilst ASEC progressed 3-0 on aggregate, Africain failed due to away goals after both legs was tied 2-2.
Canon de Yaoundé (Cameroon) vs. C. D.1e de Agosto (Angola)-postponed to Monday
C. D. 1e de Agosto (Angola) 0-1 Canon de Yaoundé (Cameroon)
Kano Pillars FC (Nigeria) 0-0 AS Douanes (Senegal) (1-1)
AS Douanes (Senegal) 1-1 Kano Pillars FC (Nigeria)
*Kano Pillars qualify on away goals after 1-1 tie
Djoliba AC (Mali) vs. Club Africain (Tunisia)
Club Africain (Tunisia 1-2 Djoliba AC (Mali)
Supersport United (South Africa) 1-1. Kampala CC (Uganda)
Kampala CC (Uganda) 2-1 Supersport United (South Africa)
*Kampala CC qualify 3-2 on aggregate
ASFAR (Morocco) 1-1 Heartland (Nigeria)
Heartland (Nigeria) 3-1 ASFAR (Morocco)
*Heartland qualify 4-2 on aggregate
Atlético Petroleos (Angola) 1-2 TP Mazembe (RD Congo)
TP Mazembe (RD Congo) 3-0 Atlético Petroleos (Angola)
*TP Mazembe qualify 5-1 on aggregate
Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso) 0-1 Asec Mimosas (Cote D’Ivoire)
Asec Mimosas (Cote D’Ivoire) 2-0 Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso)
*Asec Mimosas qualify 3-0 on aggregate
Ahly Tripoli (Libya) 1-0 J.S.K.(Algeria)
J.S.K.(Algeria) 1-2 Ahly Tripoli (Libya)
*Ahly Tripoli qualify 3-1 on aggregate
Ittihad Z. Khemisset (Morocco) 2-0 Asante Kotoko (Ghana)
Asante Kotoko (Ghana) 3-1 Ittihad Z. Khemisset (Morocco)
*Ittihad Z. Khemisset qualify on away goals after 3-3 tie
Amel S. O. de Chlef (Algeria) 0-0 E.S.S. (Tunisia)
E.S.S. (Tunisia) 2-1 Amel S. O. de Chlef (Algeria)
*Etoile qualify 2-1 on aggregate
Mangasport (Gabon) 2-3 Coton Sport (Cameroon)
Coton Sport (Cameroon) 2-1 Mangasport (Gabon)
*Coton Sport qualify 5-3 on aggregate
Monomotapa FC (Zimbabwe) 2-1 Ajax Cape Town (South Africa)
Ajax Cape Town (South Africa) 3-2 Monomotapa FC (Zimbabwe)
*Monomotapa qualify on away goals after 4-4 tie
Young Africans (Tanzania) 0-1 El Ahly (Egypt)
El Ahly (Egypt) 3-0 Young Africans (Tanzania)
*El Ahly qualify 4-0 on aggregate
U.S.S. Tamponnaise (Reunion) 2-1 Al Hilal (Sudan)
Al Hilal (Sudan) 3-1 U.S.S. Tamponnaise (Reunion)
*Al Hilal qualify 4-3 on aggregate
Zesco United (Zambia) 2-0 Africa Sports (Côte d’Ivoire)
Africa Sports (Côte d’Ivoire) 0-0 Zesco United (Zambia)
*Zesco United qualify 2-0 on aggregate
Merrikh (Sudan) 3-0 Ittihad (Libya)
Ittihad (Libya) 1-1 Merrikh (Sudan)
*Merrikh qualify 4-1 on aggregate
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