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Thursday, December 7, 2023

CAF Confederation Cup: North African clubs continue to dominate

Click here for Saturday’s recap.

The 2022-23 CAF Confederation Cup finished up the Second Round of its preliminary stages on Sunday with eight teams confirming their spots in the playoff round which will take place in early November. With the exception of Algeria’s JS Saoura, North African clubs dominated over the weekend and will be the most represented region of Africa in the competition. Al Nasar and Al Akhdar of Libya confirmed their advancement on Sunday along with Future FC of Egypt, Tunisia’s Club Africain and USM Alger of Algeria.

Zanzibar’s Kipanga FC did well to hold Club Africain to a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Zanzibar City but were no match as Zouhaier’s second minute free kick set the tone for an overwhelming 7-0 second leg victory for the Tunisian hosts. Future FC dominated Sierra Leonean club Kallon FC 4-0 at home to win 6-0 on aggregate and USM Alger eased to a 2-1 second leg win and 4-1 aggregate result over Togo’s ASC Kara.

Libyan football supporters were ecstatic to return to the stands after a long period where fans were not allowed in for CAF interclub competition. Al Akhdar defeated Tanzania’s Azam FC 3-0 at home which gave them just enough cushion to hold out in Dar es Salaam, a match that Azam dominated for a 2-0 result but came just shy of the crucial third goal they needed. Al Nasr needed all the home support in their second leg affair against Rwanda’s AS Kigali, edging the stubborn visitors 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a second half winner.

Hearts of Oak could only muster a highlight reel late goal in their 1-0 win over Mali’s Real Bamako, not nearly enough to see Ghana’s final club in CAF competition eliminated. Republic of Congo side Diables Noirs delivered a convincing 3-0 victory over Mozambique’s Ferroviário da Beira to overturn a 2-1 first leg defeat and in neighboring DR Congo it was DC Motema Pembe who cruised to a routine second leg victory over part-timers Saint Michel United of Seychelles, winning 3-0 on aggregate.

Highlights from many of Sunday’s second leg matchups are below.

Scores

Diables Noirs (Rep. of Congo) 3-0 Ferroviário da Beira (Mozambique)

Diables Noirs win 4-2 on aggregate

DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo) 2-0 St. Michel United (Seychelles)

DC Motema Pembe win 3-0 on aggregate

Club Africain (Tunisia) 7-0 Kipanga FC (Zanzibar)

Club Africain win 7-0 on aggregate

Hearts of Oak (Ghana) 1-0 Real Bamako (Mali)

Real Bamako win 3-1 on aggregate

Azam FC (Tanzania) 2-0 Al Akhdar (Libya)

Al Akhdar win 3-2 on aggregate

Al Nasr (Libya) 1-0 AS Kigali (Rwanda)

Al Nasr win 1-0 on aggregate

Future FC (Egypt) 4-0 Kallon FC (Sierra Leone)

Future FC win 6-0 on aggregate

USM Alger (Algeria) 2-1 ASC Kara (Togo)

USM Alger win 4-1 on aggregate

Highlights

Future FC 4-0 Kallon FC

Club Africain 7-0 Kipanga FC

Azam FC 2-0 Al Akhdar