Tanzanian giants Simba SC, DR Congo heavyweights TP Mazembe and Congo Brazzaville’s AS Otoho have become the first three clubs to progress to the group stages of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup after picking favourable results from Sunday’s Second Additional Round second leg matches.
In Lusaka, Simba SC lost 2-1 to home side Red Arrows of Zambia on the day but still progressed with a 4-2 aggregate score having won the first leg 3-0 in Dar es Salaam.
Arrows came into the match needing a huge performance to overturn the first leg deficit and were rewarded at the end of the first half with the leading goal.
Ricky Banda broke the deadlock in the first minute of added time as the home side went to the break a goal up. They would double the tally and come to within touching distance of the aggregate score when Yussuf Saddam scored the second two minutes after the restart.
However, Simba resisted all efforts by Arrows to get a third and would set a huge relief for themselves when Hassan Dilunga halved the deficit in the 67th minute.
They kept the score till fulltime to reach the group phase.
In Nairobi, Otoho held Kenyan side Gor Mahia to a 1-1 draw and progressed on a 2-1 aggregate score.
Roland Oukuri who scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victor at home last weekend found the back of the net again, scoring the opener after 10 minutes, reacting quickest to tap home from close range after Faria Ondongo’s freekick was pushed to the bar by the Gor keeper.
K’Ogalo drew level two minutes later when John Macharia hammered a lose ball home from inside the area.
However, the Kenyan side could not score two more goals to turn the game in their favour, Otoho defending well to earn a group stage berth.
In South Africa, debutants Marumo Gallants could not overturn a slim 1-0 deficit from the first leg as they were held to a 0-0 draw by TP Mazembe who progressed with the all important victory from Lubumbashi last Sunday.