CAF Confederation Cup Wrap: Enyimba, Al-Masry, 6 Others Pick 1/4 Tickets
By Niyi Busari
Group games were concluded on Sunday with the last batch of quarter-finalists being confirmed
Four away wins were recorded in the last group matches of the CAF Confederatiom Cup. However, Mali’s representative, Djoliba 3-0 win at Bidvest in South Africa was not enough as Al-Nasr who have the same number of points (8) qualified even with lesser goal difference. Al-Nasr were second on group B table on head to head rule.
Horoya away 0-2 win over the second placed Al Nasr further extended the gap between the first and the second.
Table toppers, Pyramids of Egypt pipped fourth placed FC Nouadhibou 0-1 to top group A with 15 points.
In group D, two away wins were also recorded as Nigeria’s Enyimba International walloped San Pedro of Cote d’Ivoire 2-5 to qualify for the quarter final with 10 points
Zanaco squeezed through the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-finals following a 1-1 away Group C draw with RS Berkane at Stade Municipal de Berkane.
After Alain Traore thrust Berkane ahead as early as two minutes into the game, Zanaco responded through Rodgers Kola five minutes before half-time to conclude the contest in the first half.
It was a vital point for the Zambians against Berkane, who topped the group with just a point ahead.
More importantly, Zanaco reached the quarter-finals ahead of third-placed Daring Club Motema Pembe, who also have 10 points, the same number as them.
For all their efforts, Motema Pembe’s 1-0 win over Esae counted for nothing as it did not guarantee passage to the next round.
Vinny KJombe’s third-minute goal for Motema Pembe was in vain as they failed to reach the knockout stage.
In Group B, Al Nasr sneaked into the quarter-finals despite losing 2-0 to Horoya in Benghazi.
Boniface Haba and Dramane Nikiema scored in either half for Horoya who finished six points clear at the top of this group.
Al-Nasr went through at the expense of Djoliba who beat Bidvest Wits 2-0 away in Johannesburg.
Elsewhere, Enyimba stormed into the Last Eight from Group D following a 5-2 away win at San Pedro.
It was some hard work for Enyimba who had Victor Mbaoma grabbing a brace while Abdulrahman Bashir, Augustine Oladapo and Stanley Dimgba grabbed a goal each for the Nigerians.
Sherif Jimoh and Irie Zan Bi’s first-half goals were not enough for San Pedro, who anchored this group without a win.
Enyimba sailed through just a point behind group leaders Hassania Agadir, who were thumped 3-0 by third-placed AC Paradou.
Group A was already decided with the final round of games to play with Pyramids and Al Masry confirmed quarter-finalists.
But playing for pride, Pyramids edged Nouadhibou 1-0 through Ahmed Ayman Mansour to conform themselves as group leaders.
Al Masry, on the other hand, dropped two points in the 1-1 draw with Enugu Rangers in a result that did not affect their progression.
Mahmoud Wadi scored for Al Masry early into the game while Ifeanyi George’s equaliser for Rangers proved insignificant.
Last group match results
FC Nouadhisbou 0-1 Pyramids FC
Enugu Rangers 1-1 El Masry
Al Nasr 0-2 Horoya AC
Bidvest Wits 0-2 Djoliba AC
Motema Pembe 1-0 Esae FC
Hassania Agadir 0-3 Paradou AC
San Pedro 2-5 Enyimba
Teams qualified for the quarter final are as follows:
NB: Some of goal.com article were used