CAF preliminary competitions wrap
Three sides secured their berths in the next round of the competitions with the Champions League hopefuls, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns progressing, as did Bidvest Wits in the Confederation Cup.
Sundowns pulled through to the next stage albeit under controversial circumstances in a 2-0 win over Zimbabwean victors Chicken Inn.
The Pretoria side needed an injury time penalty to knock their stubborn rivals out of the competition.
Two weeks ago, the Zimbabwean champions Chicken Inn had beaten Sundowns 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo but would feel hard done by the spot kick following a seemingly harsh decision at the closing stages of
the match played at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Domestic champions, Chiefs qualified without kicking a ball after the return match against Volcan Club de Moroni of Comoros Islands failed to pitch up for the match scheduled for the Moses Mabhida on Saturday.
Postponing the match to the following day did not help matters as the side again never showed up.
Chiefs were awarded a 3-0 scoreline, to make it through 7-0 on aggregate.
Wits humbled Lightstars FC of Seychelles 6-0 at the Bidvest Stadium to record a 9-0 aggregate victory.
Only Ajax Cape Town disappointed following a 2-0 loss to visiting Angolan side Sagrada Esperanca at Athlone Stadium.
The Angolans are through 3-2 on aggregate.
Elsewhere, across Africa, Nigeria’s Enyimba progressed to the next stage of the CAF Champions after beating visiting Vipers of Uganda 2 -0 in a match played at Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Vipers had beaten Enyimba 1-0 Uganda before bowing out in what the Ugandan team claimed was controversial refereeing.
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia kissed goodbye to this year’s CAF Champions League following 1-0 defeat in the preliminary round by Madagascar champions, CNaPS in a match played at Stade Rabemananjara.
Gor Mahia had earlier lost 1 – 2 against CNaPS Sport at home at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi two weeks ago.
Full CAF Champions results:
Enyimba 2 – 0 Vipers (Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
Kaizer Chiefs 3 – 0 Volcan Club de Moroni (Moses Mabhida Stadium, SA)
MO Béjaïa 3 – 1 Ashantigold SC (Unité Maghrébine, Algeria)
Horoya A.C 3 – 0 AS Douanes (28 Septembre
AS Vita Club 1 – 0 Mafunzo (Stade Tata Raphaël)
Asec Mimosas 0 – 0 As Cotontchad SN (Stade Felix Houphouet)
Etoile du Congo 3 – 0 Mangasport (Alphonse Massamba-Débat)
RC Bobo Dioulasso 0 – 1 Stade Malien (Stade Omnisports)
US Douala 1 – 0 Nimba United (Reunification de Douala)
Racing de Micomiseng 0 – 4 Recreativo do Libolo (Estadio de Nkoatoma)
Vital’O FC 0 – 1 Lioli Football Club (Louis Rwagasore Stadium)
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Mamelodi Sundowns 2 – 0 Chicken Inn (Lucas Moripe Stadium)
St. Michel United 1 – 1 St. George (Stade Linite)
APR FC 4 – 1 Mbabane Swallows (Stade de Kigali)
Gamtel 1 – 2 Olympique Khouribga (Brikama Box Bar Stadium)
CNaPS Sport 1 – 0 Gor Mahia (Stade Rabemananjara)
Al Ghazala Wau 0 – 1 Zesco United (TBC)
AS Tanda 0 – 0 Club Africain (Stade Robert Champroux)
Ahly Tripoli 0 – 0 Onze Créateurs. – CAJ News
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