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CAF Champions League: TP Mazembe fly into quarters as WAC and Esperance Tunis bounce back

CAF Champions League: TP Mazembe fly into quarters as WAC and Esperance Tunis bounce back

Day 5 of the CAF Champions League was played on Saturday February 24. TP Mazembe qualified for the quarter-finals following their win. Wydad and Esperance de Tunis are back on track.

Gr. A: TP Mazembe validate their qualification

For the first time since the 2019-2020 season, TP Mazembe will see the quarter-finals of the  CAF CL. Les Corbeaux put on a fine show for their fans by dominating Pyramids (3-0). Joël Beya opened the scoring in the 32nd minute from a Glody Likonza pass. Glody Likonza then doubled the lead shortly before the break (45th +2). Patient Mwamba rounded off the scoring in the 92nd minute. The win sees TP Mazembe top Group A and move into the quarter-finals with 10 points.

Mamelodi Sundowns, favourites to win the final, are also in the running. Following their victory over Mauritanian club Nouadhibou (0-2), the South Africans mastered the encounter, with two goals from Grant Kekana and Thembinkosi Lorch enough to put them level on 10 points with TP Mazembe.

Young Africans go through and sink CR Belouizdad

The most successful club in the history of the CAF CL recalls its presence in the continent's greatest competition. Al Ahly (1st, 9 points) secured their 8th consecutive quarter-final berth after beating Medeama on Friday February 23. Young Africans followed suit on Saturday February 24 with a 4-0 thrashing of CR Belouizdad (3rd, 5 points). The Tanzanians made no bones about it.In a one-sided match, the Algerians were powerless to stop goals from Yahya, Aziz Ki, Musonda and Gnadou from Young Africans (2nd, 8 points).

Wydad back on track

After a poor start, Wydad Casablanca got back into the swing of things with a thrilling final day of the CAF CL group stage in their quest for qualification. The Moroccans beat Jwaneng Galaxy (0-1) thanks to Gaddarine (45th +2). With 6 points, WAC (3rd) are now level on points with Simba (2nd, 6 points), while ASEC Mimosas (1st, 11 points) have secured their qualification and leadership.

Esperance Tunis give themselves hope

Esperance Tunis had no room for error when they travelled to Tunisia to face Étoile du Sahel. The Sang et Or did not miss a beat, winning (0-2). The Portuguese coach was helped by goals from Sasse (26th) and El Ayeb (41st).With 8 points, Esperance Tunis (2nd) put the pressure on Petro de Luanda (1st, 9 points).

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