caf champions league wrap: sundowns qualify for quarters

12:00    10 Mar 2019

Lebohang Maboe (c) celebrates goal with teammates
Four CAF Champions League matches took place on Saturday, March 9 with eight goals as South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

Vita Club 1-0 Al Ahly

Egypt’s Al Ahly are still top of their CAF Champions League Group D despite losing 1-0 to DRC’s AS Vita Club at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa.

The loss was Al Ahly’s second of the group stages, but despite that they are still in a strong standing at the summit of Group D.

The victory was Vita’s second in the group stages and sees them in second place on seven points from five matches, only behind Al Ahly on goal difference.

The only goal of the game came in the 84th minute courtesy of a strike from Tuisila Kisinda.

Al Ahly are in action again in the Champions League for their final group game next Saturday against JS Saoura while Vita are away to Simba on the same day.

ASEC Mimosas 2-0 Wydad Casablanca

A brace from Ahmed Toure handed Ivory Coast’s ASEC Mimosas a 2-0 win over Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in a CAF Champions League, Group A encounter at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan.

Toure found his first goal in the 68th minute after clinical finish to give ASEC a 1-0 lead. Toure then put the result beyond doubt a minute from time with his second goal to hand the Ivorian side a 2-0 win on the night.

The win is ASEC’s second in the group stages and sees them on seven points from five games while Wydad are also on seven points from the same number of games.

Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Lobi Stars

Three goals in the opening half saw South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns saw beat Nigeria’s Lobi Stars 3-0 in a CAF Champions League, Group A match at Loftus Versfeld.

The result means the Brazilians have earned a quarterfinal spot in the continental competition with match left to play in Group A as they are at the top of the standings on ten points, three points ahead of Wydad Casablanca in second place.

Sundowns goals were scored by Thapelo Morena (2’), Themba Zwane (38’) and Lebohang Maboe (39’).

Saoura 2-0 Simba

Despite being bottom of Group D in the CAF Champions League and losing 2-0 to Algeria’s Saoura at the Stade du 20 Août 1955 on Saturday night, Tanzania’s Simba can still qualify for the quarterfinals of the competition.

The loss for Simba is their third in the group and sees them on six points at the bottom of the standings.

Saoura, on the other hand, are on eight points from five matches, one point above second and third placed Al Ahly and AS Vita Club with one match left in the group.

The home side scored the opening goal in the 18th minute courtesy of a strike from Yahia Cherif, 1-0.

Six minutes into the second half Saoura were able to double their lead thanks to a penalty goal from Mohamed Hammia, 2-0.

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