Lydia Academic shock ASEC Mimosas in Confederation Cup
Lydia Academic of Burundi are through to the Confederation Cup play-off places after a shock win over Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast.
Asec took a 1-0 lead to Bujumbura for the second leg, only for Academic to hit back with a first half goal from Christophe Nduwarugira. With the tie level at 1-1, it went down to a penalty shoot-out with Academic winning 4-2 on spot-kicks to progress.
FAR Rabat of Morocco, Etoile Sahel of Tunisia and Ismaily of Egypt also go through.
Military team FAR, whose 1985 Champions Cup triumph was the first by a Moroccan club, forced a 0-0 draw in Dar es Salaam against Tanzanian ice cream company side Azam.
In front of their home fans, FAR won their return match 2-1 to progress, after Azam had two players red-carded and missed a penalty.
Etoile du Sahel, the only club to win all five Caf competitions, were even better placed than FAR with a 1-1 stalemate against Recreativo Caala in Angola leaving them needing only a goalless draw at home to qualify. In the end, the Tunisians romped home to a 6-1 victory, winning 7-2 on aggregate.
Ismaily, who were crowned African champions 44 years ago, enjoyed home advantage but had no support when they confronted Sudanese visitors Al Ahly Shandy following a 0-0 first encounter.
The supporter-ban followed clashes between Ismaili fans and teargas-firing police when the club was eliminated from an Arab competition after a penalty shootout against Algerian club USMA.
Their second leg against Shandy proved to be a nail-biting climax. The match was another goal-less draw. Ismaili won the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-3 to go through.
ENPPI of Egypt followed up their 0-0 result at home with an impressive 3-1 win over SuperSport United in South Africa to advance to the play-offs, and US Bitam of Gabon beat USMA of Algeria 3-nil after their first leg had ended in a 0-0 draw.
CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, the only side to successfully defend the Confederation Cup, travelled to Congo Brazzaville with a 3-1 lead over Diables Noirs. Sfaxien drew 1-1 with the home side to go through 4-2 on aggregate.
Wydad Casablanca of Morocco crashed out on the away goals rule after a 3-1 win at home over Liga Muculmana of Mozambique, whose 2-0 win at home proved enough for them to addvance.