USM Alger player Andriamahitsinoro Charles Carlous (R) fights for the ball with Zamalek Abdellaoui Ayoub (L) during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Zamalek at Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers, Algeria on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix
Saturday Jul 01, 2017. 13:30
AfricanFootball reviews the four CAF club matches which took place on Friday evening and featured Al Ahly Tripoli and USM Alger both missing out on the chance to seize control of their Champions League group.
The Libyans held the Algerians 1-1 in their encounter in Sfax, Tunisia, in Group B of the premier continental competition, a result which sees the teams tied at the top on eight points apiece, but opens the door for Egyptian giants Zamalek to come back into contention if they beat CAPS United in Zimbabwe on Sunday.
The Champions League’s other match was the Group A Sudanese derby between Al Merrikh and Al Hilal in Omdurman. Merrikh claimed a 2-1 victory - courtesy of a brace from Mohamed Abdel Raman - to move into a clear second place behind Etoile Sahel and leave their arch rivals wounded at the bottom of the log.
In the Confederation Cup, Smouha and Zesco United drew 1-1 in their Group C clash in Alexandria, a result which did little for their side’s quarterfinal hopes.
The goals arrived late in the game, with the Zambians claiming an 84th minute lead through an own goal from Yasser Ibrahim, but Banou Diawara equalised for the hosts five minutes later.
The other Confed Cup game saw MC Alger defeat Platinum Stars 2-0 to secure progression into the quarterfinals from Group B. The South African side have officially been eliminated from last eight contention.
CAF club results, Friday 30 June
CAF Champions League
Group B - Al Ahli Tripoli 1-1 USM Alger
Group A - Al Merrikh 2-1 Al Hilal
CAF Confederation Cup
Group C - Smouha 1-1 Zesco United
Group B - MC Alger 2-0 Platinum Stars