MC ALGER FIRST TO REACH QUARTERS

Algerian side, MC Alger became the first club to book their place at the quarter finals after a 2-0 win over South Africa’s Platinum Stars in their Group B Day Five clash on Friday in Algiers.

Hachoud Abderahmane and Nekkache Hichem scored in either half as the Algerians went four points clear at the top, and confirm their place at the last eight.

It was a deserving win for the 1976 African champions, a result that saw Platinum Stars’ hopes of going past the group stage go up in smoke.

Abderahmane scored from the spot on 12 minutes to put the host in the driving seat before Hichem put the icing on the cake with the second on the stroke of full time.

After five round of matches, MC Alger has 11 points, four more than CS Sfaxien, who face Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland in the other Group B match on Sunday away in Lobamba. Swallows has four points with Platinum Stars in that order on two points.

Elsewhere in Group C, substitute Banou Diawara grabbed a last gasp equalizer for Egyptian side, Smouha in their one-all draw with visiting Zesco United in Alexandria.

The Burkinabe forward converted a late penalty after Zesco defender David Odhiambo was adjudged to have brought down Ahmed Aly in the vital area.

The goal denied Zesco their first away win of the campaign after a Yasser Ibrahim own goal had given the Zambians the lead six minutes from time.

The draw takes Zesco’s tally to seven from five games, a point richer than Smouha.

Sudanese debutants, Hilal Obeid host Recreativo do Libolo of Angola in the other Group C clash later on Saturday.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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