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Semifinal berths to be decided in CAF club competitions

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Semifinal berths to be decided in CAF club competitions

The semi-final berths in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup will be decided this weekend, with eight second-leg matches to be played across the continent. Fans across the continent will be able to follow the action live on DStv and GOtv.

Semifinal berths to be decided in CAF club competitions
Phakamani Mahlambi of Sundowns challenged by Yasser Ibrahim El Hanafi of Al Ahly during the 2018/19 CAF Champions League football match between Sundowns and Al Ahly at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria on 06 April 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Champions League is on deck for Saturday, starting in Lubumbashi in the DR Congo where TP Mazembe will host Tanzania’s Simba SC. The first-leg game ended 0-0 in Dar es Salaam last weekend, giving the Ravens the advantage as hosts for this deciding afternoon clash. However, Wekundu wa Msimbazi will know that any score draw will favour them on the away goals rule.

The action moves to Suez in the early evening, where Al Ahly have the monumental task of trying to overturn a 0-5 deficit against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns. The Red Devils look unlikely to pull off the miracle and it could bring to an end the tenure of Uruguayan coach Martin Lasarte, who was moved to issue an apology to the club’s fans at the end of the first leg in Tshwane.

Two night games from North Africa wrap up the quarterfinals. In Rades, Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis (the competition title holders) will be confident of sealing progression against Algeria’s CS Constantine. The Blood and Gold won 3-2 away in the first leg thanks to goals from Youcef Belaili, Fousseny Coulibaly and Mohamed Ali Yacoubi, and overall victory seems an inevitability for the hosts at the Olympic Stadium.

Things are much more evenly balanced ahead of the clash between Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca and Guinea upstarts Horoya AC at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat. The first leg in Conakry ended 0-0, leaving WAC in danger of losing out on the away goals rule should the game end in a score draw.

Sunday sees the focus switch to the CAF Confederation Cup, where the action begins with an afternoon match in Omdurman, as Sudanese giants Al Hilal look to overturn a 3-1 deficit to four-time champions Etoile du Sahel. With Yassine Chikhaoui in fine form for the Tunisians (he netted two goals in the first leg) it will be an uphill battle for the Blue Wave to triumph.

The early evening game comes from Stade Taieb Mhiri in Tunisia, where CS Sfaxien will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Zambia’s Nkana. A late away goal from Habib Oueslati gives the Juventus of the Arabs a great platform from which to turn the tie around.

The quarterfinals wrap up with two night games in North Africa, where Morocco’s RS Berkane look set for comfortable advancement against Kenya’s Gor Mahia (RSB won 2-0 away in the first leg in Nairobi thanks to goals from Francis Kahata and Bakr El Helali), while things are rather more evenly balanced ahead of Zamalek hosting Hassania Agadir in Cairo. The Egyptian hosts will be happy at having claimed a goalless stalemate in the first leg in Morocco, but HUSA know that only they can now benefit from the away goals rule in the tie.

CAF Champions League fixtures, 13 April

All times GMT, aggregate score in parenthesis

Saturday 13 April

1pm TP Mazembe v Simba SC (0-0) – LIVEon SS4 & SelGo3

4pm Al Ahly v Mamelodi Sundowns (0-5) – LIVEon SS9 & SelGo1

7pm Wydad Casablanca v Horoya AC (0-0)

7pm Esperance de Tunis v CS Constantine (3-2)

CAF Confederation Cup fixtures, 14 April

All times GMT, aggregate score in parenthesis

Sunday 14 April

1pm Al Hilal v Etoile du Sahel (1-3)

4pm CS Sfaxien v Nkana FC (1-2) – LIVEon SS10 & SelGo2

7pm RS Berkane v Gor Mahia (2-0) – LIVEon SS9 & SelGo1

7pm Zamalek v Hassania Agadir (0-0)

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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