Zamalek come from behind to seal emphatic group stage qualification 


The TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup continues to live up to its high expectations as more clubs secured their place in the group stages of the competition on Saturday. 

Egyptian giants, Zamalek who were on the verge of being eliminated by Djibouti’s Arta Solar showed their championship mettle with a hard-fought 4-1 victory to secure a narrow 4-3 aggregate scoreline to advance to the group stages of the competition. 

The 2019 champions suffered a shock 2-0 away defeat in the first leg and were set for a disappointing exit after Arta Solar took the lead ahead of the break in Cairo. 

In true championship pedigree, the former champions fought on to find the back of the net an impressive four times to send their fans into a rapture as they advanced further in what was dramatic encounter. 

Sierra Leone side, Kallon FC were unlucky to miss out on a place in the group stages after a 1-1 stalemate against Dreams FC of Ghana meant they bowed out of the competition with a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Afad Djekanou suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Guinea’s CO Coyah which saw them exit the competition for the Guinian side to advance with a 3-2 aggregate. 

In Rwanda, Rayon Sports also crashed out of the competition in front of their home fans after playing out to a 1-1 draw against Libya’s Al Hilal Benghazi. 

The stalemate meant the two sides had to decide the winner through the lottery of penalties following a similar scoreline in the first leg. 

The closing fixtures of the weekend will be concluded on Sunday, with another dose of exciting African football lined up by some of the best on the continent.

Sunday, 01 October 2023 

Saint Eloi Lupopo vs Sekhukhune United | 14h30 GMT

Club Africain vs Bahir Dar Kenema | 15h00 GMT

Rivers United vs Etoile Filante | 15h00 GMT

Future FC vs Singida Fountain Gate | 15h00 GMT

Academica do Lobito vs Al Merreikh | 15h00 GMT

USM Alger vs FUS Rabat | 19h00 GMT