Lagos - Title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic
of Congo and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns were eliminated from the CAF Champions
Mazembe crashed out after drawing 1-1 at home to Wydad
Casablanca of Morocco
The result, after a 2-0 first leg loss, meant the five-time
champions lost 3-1 on aggregate and would now play in the CAF Confederation
Malian Salif Coulibaly raised hopes of a second leg comeback
for the multinational Mazembe side by scoring with a bullet header off a corner
in the first half.
But Reda Hajhouj levelled with time almost up, shooting
across Mazembe goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo into the far corner of the net in
It was the sixth goal this season in the premier African
club competition for Hajhouj, one less than leading scorer Mfon Udoh of
Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa had hopes of reaching the
group stage for the first time in 15 years dashed despite winning 2-1 at home
against V Club of DR Congo.
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Runners-up two seasons ago, V Club advanced on away goals
after snatching a 1-0 stoppage-time victory in the first leg tie.
The match-winner in Kinshasa, Kule Mbombo, struck again on
39 minutes in Pretoria and Thabo Nthethe levelled from a softly-awarded penalty
kick before half-time.
Tebogo Langerman put Sundowns ahead 15 minutes from time,
but the usually clinical Zimbabwean Khama Billiat wasted a couple of late
chances for the hosts.
Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly left it late to
edge Young Africans of Tanzania 2-1 and qualify after failing to reach the
group stage in the past two seasons.
Hossam Ghaly put Ahly ahead early in the second half only
for Zimbabwean Donald Ngoma to equalise midway through the half.
Abdallah El-Said snatched the goal which won the match and
the tie five minutes into stoppage time in Alexandria, qualifying 3-2 aggregate
after a first leg 1-1 draw.
ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire completed the line-up in spite
of losing 1-2 to Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya in Tunisia.
The former champions qualified 3-2 on aggregate having built
a two-goal lead in Abidjan.
The five clubs join in the group stage former title-holders
Entente Setif of Algeria and Zamalek of Egypt, as well as Zesco United of
Zambia, which had all qualified on Tuesday.
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