The four semi finalists for the CAf Champions League 2018/19 season have been confirmed after the quarter finals were wrapped up. Sundowns, TP Mazembe, Wydad Casablanca and Esperance are the four teams to compete for the final two slots.
Former Champions of the CAF Champions League, Al Ahly could not make it to the semi-finals after they failed to overturn a 0-5 deficit.
Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa qualified ahead of Ahly in Alexandria after losing 0-1 to the Egyptians.
The afternoon match in Lubumbashi saw TP Mazembe take full advantage of playing at home, thrashing Simba SC 4-1 to progress by the same aggregate score. The Tanzanians actually took an early lead though Emmanuel Okwi, but the Ravens proved too powerful in the end, with strikes from Kabaso Chongo, Meschak Elia, Tresor Mputu and Jackson Muleka.
Defending Champions, Esperance de Tunis, defeated Algeria’s CS Constantine 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Saturday night to secure a 6-3 aggregate victory. Saad Bguir’s first-half brace and a late strike from Franck Kom did the trick for the ‘Blood and Gold’.
The other semifinal will see Wydad Casablanca and Mamelodi Sundowns renew their rivalry. The Moroccans powered into the penultimate round with a 5-0 destruction of Guinea’s Horoya AC in Rabat, with goals from Walid El Karti (two), Addellatif Noussir, Mohamed Nahiri and Zouheir El Moutaraji.
The semifinals will be played over two legs in late April and early May.
CAF Champions League result, 13 April
Aggregate score in parenthesis
Saturday 13 April
TP Mazembe 4-1 Simba SC (4-1)
Al Ahly 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns (1-5)
Wydad Casablanca 5-0 Horoya AC (5-0)
Esperance de Tunis 3-1 CS Constantine (6-3)