Moroccan duo Hassania Agadir and RS Berkane, Egyptian debutants Pyramids and Guinean Horoya complete the pack for this season’s Total CAF Confederation Cup semifinals, after managing aggregate victories in the quarterfinals at the weekend.
Playing at home for the second leg matches, the quartet sealed their final four tickets in different styles, to continue their chase for a maiden title in the history of the second-tier continental club competition.
There will be a Moroccan derby in the semifinals between Berkane and Agadir, while Pyramids lock horns with Horoya when the tournament returns to life next May.
Pyramids (Egypt) 0-1 Zanaco (Zambia)
(Pyramids qualify 3-1 on aggregate)
Egyptian debutants Pyramids continued their fairytale story, reaching the semifinals in their first ever CAF appearance. A home 0-1 defeat to Zambia’s Zanaco didn’t stop the giant spenders from finding their place in the final four, having won the first leg in Lusaka 3-0 seven days earlier. Rodgers Kola scored on the brink of halftime to give Zanaco some hope, but the Zambian Bankers couldn’t find more after the break.
Once again it was a better away performance than the home one for Pyramids. The newcomers have won all their seven away games, while losing twice and drawing one at home in the campaign. They will hope for a better outcome when they entertain Horoya in the semis first leg.
Horoya (Guinea) 2-0 Enyimba (Nigeria)
(Horoya qualify 3-1 on aggregate)
Bolaji Sakin and Boubacar Samassekou scored in each half as Horoya found their way to the final four with a home 2-0 win over former African Champions Enyimba. H.A.C were the favorites after returning from Aba with a 1-1 draw last week, and they proved that tag with an entertaining home performance and a convincing win.
Being the only side in the semifinals with a previous CAF trophy in their cabinet (1978 Cup Winners’ Cup), Horoya are aiming to go all the way to the ultimate glory, but they will have to overcome the hurdle of newcomers Pyramids first.
Hassania Agadir (Morocco) 2-0 Al Nasr (Libya)
(Hassania Agadir qualify 7-0 on aggregate)
Having a commanding 5-0 away advantage from the first leg, HUSA was always favored to reach the semis, and they did so completing the double over their Libyan visitors. They had to wait though till the 69th minute to take the lead. Karim El Berkaoui who had a first leg hat-trick scored from the spot, before Redah Atassi doubled their lead with virtually the last kick of the game.
Al Nasr will though have a campaign to remember, reaching the knockout stages of a continental competition for the first time in their history. Meanwhile Agadir will prepare to take on domestic rivals RS Berkane in an intriguing semifinal.
RS Berkane (Morocco) 1-0 Al Masry (Egypt)
(RS Berkane qualify 3-2 on aggregate)
Last season’s runner-ups, RS Berkane, reached the final four for the second year running, after a home 1-0 win over Egyptian side Al Masry in Berkane. Larbi Naji scored five minutes before halftime as The Oranges achieved an aggregate 3-2 win, having forced Al Masry to a 2-2 draw in Suez last weekend.
Naji’s header was enough to see Berkane through despite playing behind closed doors for health safety concerns in Morocco. They will now lock horns with compatriots Agadir in the semis with hopes of reaching a second successive CAF Confederation Cup final.
3 May 2020
Cairo Pyramids (Egypt) – Horoya (Guinea)
Berkane RS Berkane (Morocco) – Hassania Agadir (Morocco)
10 May 2020
Conakry Horoya (Guinea) – Pyramids (Egypt)
Agadir Hassania Agadir (Morocco) – RS Berkane (Morocco)
Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)