Thabo Mynamane and Abdulal Bility © Backpagepix
The field for the CAF Confederation Cup group stage is almost complete, with 15 teams confirmed after Sunday’s six playoff-round matches.
It was a great day for South African contestants Platinum Stars and SuperSport United, who both sealed progression.
The former defeated Ivory Coast side AS Tanda 2-0 in Rustenburg to ensure their tie finished 2-2 on aggregate, before going on to win 5-4 on post-match penalties, while the latter romped to a 5-0 win over Liberia’s Barrack Young Controllers to advance 6-1 on aggregate.
Tanda’s fellow Ivorians ASEC Mimosas are also out of the competition after drawing 0-0 at home to Gabon’s CF Mounana (who won the tie 2-1 on aggregate), while Sudan’s Al Hilal Al-Ubayyid defeated Gambia Ports Authority 3-0 to advance 4-1 on aggregate.
The biggest match of the day saw Algerian giants JS Kabylie host defending champions TP Mazembe in Tizi-Ouzou.
The match ended in a goalless stalemate, allowing the DR Congo side to advance 2-0 on aggregate.
The sixth match of the day was a 2-0 home win for Nigeria’s Rivers United at home to Rayon Sports of Rwanda.
The game in Port Harcourt was the first leg of the teams’ tie, with the return set for Kigali next week Saturday.
Sunday 16 April
Platinum Stars 2-0 AS Tanda - 2-2 on aggregate, Stars won 5-4 on penalties
Rivers United 2-0 Rayon Sports - first leg, return match set for 22 April
ASEC Mimosas 0-0 CF Mounana - Mounana won 2-1 on aggregate
SuperSport United 5-0 Barrack Young Controllers - SuperSport won 6-1 on aggregate
Al Hilal Al-Ubayyid 3-0 Gambia Ports Authority - Al Hilal won 4-1 on aggregate
JS Kabylie 0-0 TP Mazembe - Mazembe won 2-0 on aggregate