The 2018 CAF Champions League took shape on Sunday 18 March after sevens teams advanced to the group stage on.
The other seven teams that were eliminated on aggregate will take part in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.
Ghana’s League Champions Aduana FC succumbed to a 4-0 loss away to ES Setif in Algeria. The Ghanaian lads failed to defend their 1-0 win from the first leg.
Nigerian club Plateau United beat Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel 1-0 at home and the latter booked their place in the next round after winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis edged out Kenyan champions Gor Mahia 1-0 at home and the former advanced to the group stage after winning 1-0 on aggregate.
ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast were beaten 2-1 by Zambian club ZESCO United at home and the two teams drew 2-2 on aggregate. As a result, ZESCO progressed into the next round after winning on the away goals rule. South African side Mamelodi Sundowns brushed aside Rayon Sports of Rwanda 2-0 at home and the former advanced to the next stage after winning 2-0 on aggregate.
Sudanese giants Al Hilal Omdurman thrashed Togolese side AS Togo Port 3-1 at home. The tie ended in a 3-3 draw on aggregate and Togo-Port advanced to the group stage after winning on the away goals rule.Algerian side ES Setif thumped Ghanaian outfit Aduana 4-0 at home and the former progressed into the next round after winning 4-1 on aggregate.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants AS Vita Club drew 2-2 with Moroccan club Difaa El Jadida at home and the latter booked their place in the group stage in the group stage after winning 3-2 on aggregate.
Angola’s Primero De Agosto is also in the group stage for the first time since 1997. Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Zambia’s Zesco complete the Southern African trio.
Holders Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco remains on course to defend their title, and are joined by fellows Difaa El Jadidi. Tunisia also has two representatives Etoile du Sahel and Esperance, just as Algeria, ES Setif and MC Alger.
Record winners, Al Ahly will carry high the flag of Egypt whilst TP Mazembe of DR Congo stages a comeback after missing out on the party last year.
Meanwhile, the draw will take place on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.
CAF Champions League results
Saturday, 17 March 2018
KCCA (Uganda) 1-0 Saint George (Ethiopia) (0-0)
Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland) 1-0 Zanaco (Zambia) (2-1)
Williamsville (Cote d’Ivoire) 2-0 Wydad (Morocco) (2-7)
CF Mounana (Gabon) 1-3 Al Ahly (Egypt) (0-4)
MC Alger (Algeria) 5-0 MFM (Nigeria) (1-2)
Generation Foot (Senegal) 0-2 Horoya (Guinea) (1-2)
Township Rollers (Botswana) 0-0 Young Africans (Tanzania) (2-1)
UD Songo (Mozambique) 3-0 TP Mazembe (DR Congo) (0-4)
Bidvest (South Africa) 1-0 (2-3pen) Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) (0-1)
Sunday, 18 March 2018
ES Setif (Algeria) 4-0 Aduana (Ghana) (1-0)
Esperance (Tunisia) 1-0 Gor Mahia (Kenya) (0-0)
Plateau United (Nigeria) 1-0 Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) (2-4)
El Hilal (Sudan) 3-1 AS Togo (Togo) (0-2)
ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) 1-2 Zesco (Zambia) (1-0)
AS Vita (DR Congo) 2-2 Difaa El Jadidi (Morocco) (0-1)
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) 2-0 Rayon Sport (Rwanda) (0-0)
*Teams in bold through to next round
KCCA (Uganda), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Difaa El Jadidi (Morocco), Zesco (Zambia), AS Togo (Togo), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Esperance (Tunisia), ES Setif (Algeria), Primeiro de Agosto (Angola), TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Township Rollers (Botswana), Horoya (Guinea), MC Alger (Algeria), Al Ahly (Egypt), Wydad (Morocco),Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)