Away victories put HUSA and Pyramids on the brink

On the contrary from the Total CAF Champions League that saw four home wins no home side could find a win when it came to the Total CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal first leg matches.

Moroccos Hassania Agadir and Egypts Pyramids returned with two big away victories that saw them all but securing a place in the semis while Guineas Horoya and last season losing finalists RS Berkane managed draws with scoring valuable away goals.

The return leg matches are schedule next Sunday with aggregate winners progressing to the final four of the second tier continental club competition.

Ebyimba (Nigeria) 1-1 Horoya (Guinea)

Former African champions Enyimba looked on their way to home victory but for substitute Boniface Haba who stunned them in Aba. Augustine Oladapo gave The Peoples Elephant the lead after 19 minutes to send hope for Enyimba faithful supporters who dream of resurrecting their side glory days. But Haba came from the bench to head home after 71 minutes to send Horoya back home with a precious away draw.

HAC will now look for a home win in Conakry something they already achieved in their six home games in CAF competitions this season. Enyimba need to score and avoid defeat if they are to go through.

Zanaco (Zambia) 0-3 Pyramids (Egypt)

Despite having their debut CAF appearance Pyramids had settled themselves as one of the favorites to achieve a historical feat this season. The Egyptian giant spenders stunned everyone at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka scoring three unanswered goals against hosts Zanaco to put one leg in the semifinals.

Ali Gabr and Mohamed Farouk scored in quick succession in the first half with veteran skipper Abdullah Elsaid adding a third from the spot after the break. Pyramids look all but already in the final four with hopes of winning a CAF title in their first ever appearance increasing each day.

It was Pyramids seventh consecutive away victory in the campaign and their 11th win in 13 games this season. They will entertain Zanaco at the Cairo based 30 June stadium next Sunday knowing that even a two goal defeat will see them through.

Al Nasr (Libya) 0-5 Hassania Agadir (Morocco)

Hassania looked to make maximum use of seeing their hosts Al Nasr forced to play away from their base in Benghazi scoring five unanswered goals in Cairo. HUSA as Agadir is fondly known among their supporters managed one of the biggest away victories in the history of the second tier continental club competition to all but secure their place in the final four.

Karim El Berkaoui scored a hat-trick at the Cairo based Petrosport Stadium to raise his overall tally to eight goals this season and Malick Cisse added a late brace as Al Nasr suffered their worst defeat of the campaign. It remains a historic feat for the Libyans who reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their CAF competitions history.

Hassania who reached the quarters last season are now set to move at least one step further when they host the return leg in Agadir next Sunday with a huge advantage.

Al Masry (Egypt) 2-2 RS Berkane (Morocco)

Veteran Mouhssine Iajour proved yet again he is still the man to count on when he scored a brace to hand his side RS Berkane a precious away 2-2 with Al Masry in Suez. Iajour opened the score a minute before the break but for Muftah Taktak to restore parity less than a minute into the second half. Berkanes goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi scored into his own net to give the hosts the lead at the hour mark but Iajour headed home eight minutes from time as last season losing finalists returned home with a valuable draw.

Iajour who previously donned the colors of Moroccos giants Raja and Wydad and compatriots Moghreb Tetouane raised his overall tally in CAF interclub competitions to 34 goals settling himself as one of the continents prolific strikers.

Al Masry have now to score and avoid conceding away in Berkane if they are to qualify to the semifinals. It looks as an uphill to climb for their new coach Tarek El Ashry and his charges.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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