USM Alger player Hammar Ziri (C) celebrates after scoring against Caps United during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Caps United in Algiers, Algeria on 9 July 2017 © BackpagePix
Tuesday Apr 17, 2018. 21:46
Tuesday’s CAF Confederation Cup playoff round, second-leg matches saw AS Vita, ASEC Mimosas, USM Alger and Al Masry advance into the group stage of the continental competition.
The day’s action kicked off in spectacular style in Pointe-Noire, where the Congolese derby between hosts CS La Mancha and DRC visitors AS Vita ended in a 5-1 win for the away side, thanks to four goals from Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele.
The victory sealed a 6-1 aggregate triumph for Vita, who became the first team to qualify for the Confed Cup group stage.
They were joined by Ivory Coast giants ASEC Mimosas, who showed their resilience in claiming a goalless draw away to Algeria’s CR Belouizdad. Having won the first leg 1-0, the Black and Yellows advanced by the narrowest outright margin.
While Belouizdad were unable to overturn a first-leg deficit, their compatriots USM Alger had no such problems against Nigeria’s Plateau United. Two goals to one down from the first match, the North Africans claimed a 4-0 home win – featuring goals from Oussama Darfalou and Kadour Beldjilali – to advance 5-2 on aggregate.
The final match of the day took place in Port Said, Egypt, and saw hosts Al Masry edge CF Mounana of Gabon 2-1 to advance 3-2 on aggregate. Mohamed Koffi and Esalm Eisa netted the goals for the North Africans.
The group stage line-up will be completed by 12 further matches on Wednesday, April 18. The draw for the group stage is set for Saturday, April 21 in Cairo.
CAF Confederation Cup results – Tuesday, April 17
Playoff round, return-leg matches; final aggregate scores in parenthesis
CS La Mancha 1-5 AS Vita (1-6)
CR Belouizdad 0-0 ASEC Mimosas (0-1)
USM Alger 4-0 Plateau United (5-2)
Al Masry 2-1 CF Mounana (3-2)