Six of the last eight places are already known after the 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup group stage reached it penultimate match day this weekend. Egypt’s duo Pyramids and Al Masry, Moroccan duet RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir, alongside Guinea’s Horoya and Libya’s Al Nasr all grabbed their quarterfinal tickets, with two more places to be decided in the final match day next Sunday.
It was a historic feat for Al Nasr who achieved their first ever qualification to this stage, despite the fact that the Libyans are having an all-away from home campaign, with no domestic action taking place due to security concerns in Libya.
Egypt’s Al Masry joined their compatriots Pyramids to the quarterfinals, after managing a hard fought 1-0 victory over Mauritania’s Nouadhibou in Alexandria. Saidou Simpore scored the winner four minutes from time to handle the Port Said based side their knockout stages ticket.
In Cairo, already qualified Pyramids suffered their first defeat of the campaign, falling 1-0 to Nigeria’s Rangers. Ifeanyi George scored in the second half to give the Enugu club their first victory of the group, but it came too late.
02.02.2020 Cairo Nouadhibou (Mauritania) Pyramids (Egypt)
02.02.2020 Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) Al Masry (Egypt)
Guinea’s Horoya confirmed their quarterfinals place with a home 2-1 victory over South Africa’s Bidvest Wits in Conakry. Dramane Nikiema and Boniface Haba scored in each half for Horoya, with Deon Hotto scoring in between for the visitors Bidvest who are yet to win in this stage.
In Bamako, Libya’s Al Nasr had a historic feat when they defeated Malian hosts Djoliba 1-0 to guarantee their place in the quarterfinals for the first time in their history. Moataz Al Mehdi scored the winner in the second half to send joy to the Libyan side, who assured their next round place on head to head basis over Djoliba.
02.02.2020 Johannesburg Bidvest Wits (South Africa) Djoliba (Mali)
02.02.2020 Cairo Al Nasr (Libya) Horoya (Guinea)
Last season losing finalists RS Berkane booked their last eight ticket when they came from behind to defeat Benin’s ESAE 5-1 in Porto Novo. The hosts took the lead less than a minute into the game through Eric Sewa, ESAE’s first goal of the campaign. But substitute Alaedine Ajaray came from the bench to score a hat-trick, while Hamdy Laachir and Mohamed Aziz completed the rout for the Moroccans.
In Lusaka, Moussa Souleymanou scored deep into injury time to give Zambia’s Zanaco a vital win over DR Congo’s Motema Pembe. The visitors led as early as the seventh minute through Bayindula Nkongo, and it was the case till Kevin Owusu equalized seven minutes from time. Souleymanou came from the bench to score the winner with the game’s last kick to keep his side in contention with Motema Pembe for the group’s second ticket.
A draw in Morocco would be sufficient to see the Zambians through, while Motema Pembe needs victory over ESAE at home with Zanaco stumbling in Berkane. What’s next?
02.02.2020 Berkane RS Berkane (Morocco) Zanaco (Zambia)
02.02.2020 Kinshasa DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo) ESAE (Benin)
Morocco’s Hassania Agadir needed a point in Aba to seal their quarterfinal place for the second year in a row. They did that holding Nigerian giants Enyimba to 1-1 draw. Youssef El Falhi gave the visitors a second minute lead, but for Augustine Oladapo restoring parity 14 minutes later.
In Algiers, debutants Paradou could not find the net settling for a barren draw with Cote d’Ivoire’s San Pedro and leaving the second ticket open till next weekend.
A draw in San Pedro will send Enyimba to the quarterfinals, while Paradou needs victory in Agadir coupled with Enyimba losing to San Pedro to qualify.
02.02.2020 San Pedro San Pedro (Cote d’Ivoire) Enyimba (Nigeria)
02.02.2020 Agadir Hassania Agadir (Morocco) Paradou (Algeria)
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)