Pirates and Al Masry reach CCC quarter-finals

Pirates and Al Masry reach CCC quarter-finals
Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates is challenged during the CAF Confederation Cup 2021/22 football match between JS Saoura and Orlando Pirates held at the 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers, Algeria on 20 March 2022 ©Jafaar Ladjal/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Mar 21, 2022. 09:00

Orlando Pirates and Al Masry registered victories on matchday five in the CAF Confederation Cup group stages to advance to the quarterfinals.

Al Ahli Tripoli brought an end to Pyramids’ unbeaten record in Group A with a 1-0 at the Benina Martyrs Stadium on Sunday evening.

An own-goal from Omar Gaber on the stroke of half-time handed the Libyan giants victory to take them to the top of the group on 12 points, two ahead of Egyptian champions.

Zanaco ended CS Sfaxien’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages courtesy of a 1-0 win at the National Heroes Stadium.

Boyd Musonda’s 32nd-minute goal settled the tie in Lusaka as the Bankers claimed their first points in the group, finishing just one behind Juventus El Arab in third spot.

Orlando Pirates advanced to the next round after they came away from Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 with a 2-0 success in the late kick-off on Sunday night.

Second-half goals from Ntsikelelo Nyauza (48′) and Kabelo Dlamini (51′) secured all three points for the Buccaneers, who moved on to 12 in Group B, five ahead of the third-placed Eagles.

Al Ittihad put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the last eight after they beat Royal Leopards 3-2 at the Benina Martyrs Stadium.

Sanad Al Warfali’s penalty of the stroke of half-time gave Al Ameed the lead before goals from Thabiso Mokenkoane (58′) and Bongani Dlamini (66′) put Ingwe Mabalabala in front.

However, Anas Al Misrati leveled matters 20 minutes from time and Al Warfali completed his brace at the death to clinch victory which saw the Libyan titans move on to 10 points in second place.

Al Masry also marched on to the knockout phase after they triumphed 2-0 over Coton Sport at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

Goals either side of the break from Mohamed Grendo (35′) and Ahmed Alaa Eldin (53′) did the damage for the Green Eagles, who climbed into top spot in Group C on 10 points, with the fourth-placed Cottoners already eliminated.

TP Mazembe will join them in the next round despite being held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man AS Otoho at Stade des Martyrs.

The Ravens led twice through Phillippes Kinzumbi (35′) and Christian Koffi (83′), but Whylfrid Nkaya (66′) and Juares Ngombe (87′) responded for the Congolese outfit on each occasion to earn a share of the spoils.

The DR Congo champions dropped to second in the group on eight points, three ahead of third-placed AS Otoho.

Group D remains wide open after ASEC Mimosas defeated Simba 3-0 at Stade de l’Amitie to take top spot.

First-half goals from Aubin Kramo (16′) and Stephane Ki (25′) put the Mimosas in command at the break before Karim Konate (57′) sealed the win. The Reds of Msimbazi fell to third spot on seven points, two adrift of the Ivorian champions.

RS Berkane moved up to second in the group following a 2-2 draw with USGN at Stade General Seyni Kountche.

The Orange Boys needed a 90th-minute goal from Mouad Fekkak to rescue a point that took them level with Simba, after a brace from Victorien Adebayor (36′, 62′) put USGN ahead following Youssef Elfahli’s 22nd-minute opener from the penalty spot.

Sunday’s results:

Zanaco 1-0 CS Sfaxien

Al Masry 2-0 Coton Sport

Al Ittihad 3-2 Royal Leopards

AS Otoho 2-2 TP Mazembe

USGN 2-2 RS Berkane

ASEC Mimosas 3-0 Simba

Al Ahli Tripoli 1-0 Pyramids

JS Saoura 0-2 Orlando Pirates

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