Debutants Pyramids in Wonderland

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Egyptian debutants Pyramids continued their fairytale run in the 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup, as they became the first side to guarantee a place in quarterfinals with perfect four wins out of four in Group A.

Pyramids who are having their first ever CAF interclub competitions appearance have now won 9 of their 10 games in this season’s campaign, still unbeaten in the process.

Morocco’s Hassania Agadir look on their way to join Pyramids into the next round, needing a single point from their remaining Group D two games.

Group A

Egypt’s Pyramids completed the double over compatriots Al Masry, beating them 2-0 in Cairo. Eric Traore and Nabil “Dunga” Emad scored in each half as debutants Pyramids continued their perfect mini league campaign with maximum points. They guaranteed top spot in the group regardless of the remaining matches’ results.

Despite the defeat Al Masry remained on track to reach the quarterfinals, after the other group game saw Nigeria’s Rangers and Mauritania’s Nouadhibou settling for a 1-1 draw in Enugu. Yassin El Welly gave the Mauritanian debutants the lead in the opening half, before Ibrahim Olawoyin equalized from the spot after the break. Both sides have two points, four shy of second placed Al Masry.

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As it stands

1. Pyramids – 12 points

2. Al Masry – 6 points

3. Nouadhibou – 2 points

4. Rangers – 2 points

What’s next?

26.01.2020 Cairo             Pyramids – Rangers

26.01.2020 Alexandria   Al Masry – Nouadhibou

Rangers - Nouadhibou

Group B

Guinea’s giants Horoya moved a step closer to the next round when they held Mali’s Djoliba to a goalless draw in Bamako. After a game with rare chances, Horoya raised their tally to 8 points, three richer than their Malian hosts.

Libya’s Al Nasr had their first group joy, defeating South Africa’s Bidvest Wits 2-1 in Cairo. All goals came after the break as Terrence Dzvukamanja broke the deadlock for the Libyans scoring in his own net. Muhanad Alaeeli doubled the hosts lead before Haashim Domingo scored a consolation goal for Bidvest, their first in the group stage. Al Nasrt shared second spot with Djoliba while Bidvest trails the group on two points with two games to go.

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As it stands

1. Horoya – 8 points

2. Djoliba – 5 points

3. Al Nasr – 5 points

4. Bidvest Wits – 2 points

What’s next?

26.01.2020 Conakry        Horoya – Bidvest Wits

26.01.2020 Bamako        Djoliba – Al Nasr

Nasr Bidvest

Group C

Day 4 results produced a three-horse race for top two spots. DR Congo’s DC Motema Pembe managed a vital 1-0 win over Moroccan visitors RS Berkane in Kinshasa. William Luezi scored what proved to be the game’s lone goal 20 minutes from time, as Motema Pembe joined last season’s losing finalists on seven points each.

In Lusaka, Zambian hosts Zanaco scored three times after the break to emerge 3-0 victorious over Benin’s debutants ESAE. Substitute Ernest Mbewe broke the deadlock before Rodgers Kola added a brace as Zanaco revived their qualification hopes. They lie third on 6 points, while ESAE looks doomed with a lone point.

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As it stands

1. RS Berkane – 7 points

2. DC Motema Pembe – 6 points

3. Zanaco – 6 points

4. ESAE – 1 point

What’s next?

26.01.2020 Lusaka          Zanaco – DC Mptema Pembe

26.01.2020 Porto Novo  ESAE – RS Berkane

Zanaco jubilation

Group D

Karim El Berkaoui scored a second half hat-trick in just nine minutes to give Morocco’s Hassania Agadir a 3-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire’s San Pedro in Agadir. Well known as HUSA among their fans, the Agadir based side need a single point from their remaining two games to guarantee their quarterfinals spot.

There was a place for another group D hat-trick, this time in Aba. Nigerian giants Enyimba defeated Algerian debutants Paradou 4-1, with Stanley Dimgba netting three goals and assisting one for Victor Mbaoma. Abdelhak Kadri scored a late consolation goal for Paradou who are having their continental debut.

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As it stands

1. Hassania Agadir – 10 points

2. Enyimba – 6 points

3. Paradou – 4 points

4. San Pedro – 2 points

What’s next?

26.01.2020 Aba               Enyimba – Hassania Agadir

26.01.2020 Blida              Paradou – San Pedro

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