Phumlani Ntshangase of Bidvest Wits challenged by Jean Fabrini Razah of Pamplemousses during the 2018 CAF Champions League
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018. 22:17
Wednesday’s CAF Champions League action saw 22 teams book their place in the first round of the continental competition, including AS Vita, Zesco United, Bidvest Wits, Esperance de Tunis and ASEC Mimosas.
AS Togo Port provided one of the major upsets, as they defeated Congo’s AC Leopards 2-1 to draw their tie 3-3 on aggregate before ousting the former Confederation Cup champions on penalties.
Nigerian sides MFM and Plateau United won through to the next phase with hard-fought 1-0 wins over West Africans rivals Real Bamako and Eding Sport respectively, while Ghanaian champions Aduana Stars won 2-0 at home to Libya’s Al Tahady to turn the tie in their favour.
Mbabane Swallows lost 3-1 at home to Lesotho’s Bantu but still advanced on away goals after a 5-5 aggregate draw, South African champions Bidvest Wits lost 1-0 in Mauritius but still advanced 2-1 on aggregate over Pamplemousses, while Uganda’s KCCA edged CNaPS Sport on away goals after a 1-0 triumph in Kampala.
Ivory Coast giants ASEC Mimosas were made to sweat for a 3-2 (4-3 on aggregate) win over Benin’s Buffles, while Esperance de Tunis had no such trouble in dispatching ASAC Concorde 5-0 at home for a 6-1 triumph overall.
Zesco United produced a fine attacking performance to crush JKU 7-0, AS Vita won 2-1 away to Mighty Wanderers to advance 6-1 on aggregate, while Morocco’s Difaa El Jadidi were unable to add to the 10-0 lead they brought to Sport Bissau Benfica.
Egypt’s Misr El Maqassa drew 0-0 at home to Senegal’s Generation Foot to lose 2-0 on aggregate, Sudan’s Al Merrikh were unable to turn around their tie with Botswana’s Township Rollers - they won 2-1 at home but lost 4-2 overall - and MC Alger ran riot to win 9-0 at home, overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg and triumph 9-2 overall against Congo’s AS Otoho.
The 22 aggregate winners almost complete the line-up the first round, which will be played next month and sees the entry of seeded teams Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly, Etoile Sahel, TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The final tie to be completed is Armed Forces v Zanaco, with the second leg scheduled to be played in Bakau on Saturday, February 24.
CAF Champions League results - Wednesday, February 21
Preliminary round, second leg. Final aggregate scores in parenthesis.
Sport Bissau Benfica 0-0 Difaa El Jadidi (0-10)
Mighty Wanderers 1-2 AS Vita (1-6)
UD Songo 2-0 Ngaya Club (3-1)
AS Togo Port 2-1 AC Leopards (3-3 - AS Togo Port won 4-3 on penalties)
Zesco United 7-0 JKU (7-0)
LLB Academic 0-1 Rayon Sports (1-2)
FC Platinum 1-2 Primeiro de Agosto (1-5)
Aduana Stars 2-0 Al Tahady (2-1)
CF Mounana 2-0 Rail Club Kadiogo (2-1)
Eding Sport 0-1 Plateau United (0-4)
Mbabane Swallows 1-3 Bantu FC (5-5 - Mbabane Swallows won on away goals)
MFM 1-0 Real Bamako (2-1)
ASEC Mimosas 3-2 Buffles (4-3)
Pamplemousses 1-0 Bidvest Wits (1-2)
KCCA 1-0 CNaPS (2-2 - KCCA won on away goals)
Esperance Tunis 5-0 ASAC Concorde (6-1)
Saint Louis 1-1 Young Africans (1-2)
Leones Vegetarianos 1-1 Gor Mahia (1-3)
Misr El Maqassa 0-0 Generation Foot (0-2)
Horoya AC 0-0 ASFAN (3-1)
Al Merrikh 2-1 Township Rollers (2-4)
MC Alger 9-0 AS Otoho (9-2)