Eight teams advanced to the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round on Sunday, 18 March and conspicuously missing out was Egyptian giants Zamaleke FC.
It was the first time for an Ethiopian side to knock Zamalek from a CAF competition, as the White Knights poor recent continental record continued. Zamalek haven’t tasted continental glory since 15 years when they won the 2003 CAF Super Cup.
Matches were played across the African continent over the weekend starting on Friday and ending on Sunday night.
Dicha shock Zamaleke
Ethiopian debutants Wolaitta Dicha produced one of CAF competitions biggest shocks when they eliminated Egyptian giants and five times African champions Zamalek from the first round, beating them 4-3 on penalties at El Salam stadium in Cairo on Sunday.
Regular time ended with Zamalek winning 2-1, reversing their identical score defeat last week in Hawassa. Ahmed Madbouly scored from the spot just before the break, and completed his personal brace four minutes into the second half, only for Abdulsamad Ali Usman to score a vital away goal for the visitors after 52 minutes.
In the shootout, Madbouly, Bassem Morsy and Mohamed Ibrahim scored for Zamalek with Ayman Hefny’s kick hitting the post, and Dicha’s goalkeeper Wondwosen Geremew Babsa saving Mahmoud Abdel Aziz final kick, while Arafat Djako, Temesgen Duba Holeta, Abdulsamad and Teklu Tafese Kumma scoring for the Ethiopian visitors.
Saturday’s CAF Confederation Cup action saw the likes of Raja Casablanca and RS Berkane secure progression into the playoff round of the competition, while Tanzania’s Simba have bowed out at the hands of Al Masry.
In Rwanda, where hosts APR claimed a 2-1 victory to hold Mali’s Djoliba 2-2 across the tie, but exit on away goals, while Zambia’s Nkana defeated Algerian visitors CR Belouizdad 1-0 in Kitwe but succumbed 3-1 overall.
Moroccan sides RS Berkane and Raja Casablanca picked up impressive away results to secure progression: the former won 1-0 at Tunisia’s Club Africain to triumph 4-1 on aggregate, while the latter claimed a thrilling 4-2 win (5-3 overall) in Mauritania over Nouadhibou, with Mouhssine Iajour scoring a brace of goals.
Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid came into their match against Burundi’s Olympique Star with the tie evenly balanced at 0-0, but they put up a storming performance to win 6-0 on the day and by the same score overall.
Finally, the most tense game of the day took place in Port Said, Egypt, where hosts Al Masry held Simba 0-0. The tie finished 2-2 on aggregate, with the North African side’s two away goals enough to see them through to the next round.
Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea booked their place in the next stage after defeating DR Congo side Motema Pembe 1-0 at home and they won 2-1 on aggregate. Madagascar’s FOSA Juniors beat Maurtian outfit ASPL 2000 1-0 at home and the former booked their place in the play-off round after 3-0 on aggregate.
Algerian outfit USM Alger drew 1-1 with Maniema Union of DR Congo at home and they progressed into the next round on the away goals rule following a 3-3 draw on aggregate. Egyptian giants Zamalek beat Ethiopian club Welayta Dicha 2-1 at home and the tie ended in a 3-3 draw on aggregate. Dicha went on to win 4-3 on penalties.
Tunisian club Ben Guerdane thrashed CARA Brazzaville 3-1 at home and the latter booked their place in the play-offs after winning 4-3 on aggregate. Nigerian giants Enyimba edged out Energie Sports 3-2 at home and they advanced to the next stage having won 5-2 on aggregate.
Akwa United from Nigeria beat Libyan side Al-Ittihad 1-0 at home and the tie ended in a 1-1 draw on aggregate. Akwa progressed into the next round after 3-2 on penalties. South African side Cape Town City were beaten 2-1 by Mozambican outfit Costa Do Sol at home and the two teams drew 2-2 on aggregate. As a result, Costa Do Sol advanced after winning on the away goals rule.
Friday, 16 March 2018
Supersport (South Africa) 2-1 Atletico (Angola) (0-0)
Ahly Shendi (Sudan) 2-1 CS la Mancha (Congo) (0-3)
Saturday, 17 March 2018
APR (Rwanda) 2-1 Djoliba (Mali) (0-1)
Hilal Obied (Sudan) 6-0 Olympic (Burundi) (0-0)
Nkana (Zambia) 1-0 CR Belouizdad (Algeria) (0-3)
El Masry (Egypt) 0-0 Simba (Tanzania) (2-2)
Club Africain (Tunisia) 0-1 RS Berkane (Morocco) (1-3)
Nouadhibou (Mauritania) 2-4 Raja Athletic Club (Morocco) (1-1)
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Cape Town City (South Africa) 1-2 Costa do Sol (Mozambique) (1-0)
Enyimba (Nigeria) 3-2 Energie (Benin) (2-0)
Fosa Juniors (Madagascar) 1-0 Port Louis (Mauritius) (2-0)
USM Alger (Algeria) 1-1 AS Maniema (DR Congo) (2-2)
Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea) 1-0 Motema Pembe (DR Congo) (1-1)
Akwa United (Nigeria) 1-0 (3-2pen) Al Ittihad (Libya) (0-1)
Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) 3-1 CARA (Congo) (0-3)
Zamalek (Egypt) 2-1 (3-4pen) Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia) (1-2)
*Team in bold qualifies to next round
Qualified teams for Playoff
Winners from 1/16th Total CAF Confederation Cup
SuperSport United (South Africa), CR Belouizdad (Algeria), USM Alger (Algeria), CARA (Congo), CS La Mancha (Congo), El Masry (Egypt), Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea), Wollaita Dicha (Ethiopia), Djoliba (Mali), Fosa Juniors (Madagascar), Raja Casablanca (Morocco), RS Berkane (Morocco), Costa do Sol (Mozambique), Enyimba (Nigeria), Akwa Utd (Nigeria), Hilal El Obied (Sudan),
Losers of 1/16th Total CAF Champions League
Bidvest Wits (South Africa), ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire), Williamsville AC (Cote d’Ivoire), AS Vita (DR Congo), Saint George (Ethiopia), Gor Mahia (Kenya), CF Mounana (Gabon), Aduana Stars (Ghana), UD Songo (Mozambique), MFM FC (Nigeria), Plateau United (Nigeria), Rayon Sports (Rwanda), Generation Foot (Senegal), El Hilal (Sudan), Young Africans (Tanzania), Zanaco (Zambia)
Credit : CAF