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Thursday, December 7, 2023

CAF Champions League: Favorites clinch group stage spots without issue

Four of Africa’s top clubs have secured their places in the group stage of the 2022-23 CAF Champions League following second leg victories on Friday. There was little doubt that Petro de Luanda, Mamelodi Sundowns and Zamalek were going to advance after winning their respective first leg matchups and all three dominated on Friday to complete lopsided aggregate victories. Dominant South African champions Sundowns clinched a spot in the group stage for the eighth consecutive season with an eye opening 15-1 aggregate victory over part-timers La Passe from Seychelles, who did well to score a consolation goal on Friday for their pride.

Egyptian champions Zamalek looked a bit sluggish in a 1-0 first leg victory against Burundian side Flambeau du Centre but a hat-trick from Ahmed Sayed “Zizo” along with a goal from new signing Ibrahima Ndiaye helped the White Castle win comfortably by a 5-1 score. Last season’s semifinalists Petro de Luanda did excellently to win 3-0 against South Africa’s Cape Town City on the road last week and completed the job back in Angola with a 1-0 victory without trouble.

Algerian club CR Belouizdad were involved in the only matchup that had a bit of suspense to it after falling 2-1 in Mali to Djoliba AC last week. Djoliba bunkered with a defensive strategy but CRB got the important first goal in the 27th minute from Miloud Rebiaï to move ahead on away goals before confirming their 3-2 aggregate victory with a calm 79th minute finish from Abderrahmane Bourdim.

Highlights from all four of Friday’s games are below following the list of scores.


Petro de Luanda (Angola) 1-0 Cape Town City (South Africa)

Petro de Luanda win 4-0 on aggregate

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) 8-1 La Passe (Seychelles)

Mamelodi Sundowns win 15-1 on aggregate

Zamalek (Egypt) 5-1 Flambeau du Centre (Burundi)

Zamalek win 6-1 on aggregate

CR Belouizdad (Algeria) 2-0 Djoliba AC (Mali)

CR Belouizdad win 3-2 on aggregate


Zamalek 5-1 Flambeau du Centre

Mamelodi Sundowns 8-1 La Passe

CR Belouizdad 2-0 Djoliba AC