SuperSport United overcome Zesco United to join FUS Rabat in semi-finals

Thuso Phala
SuperSport United's Thuso Phala

Winger Thuso Phala scored twice to help SuperSport United of South Africa overcome Zesco United and reach the African Confederation Cup semi-finals for the first time.

His stoppage-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw away to the Zambian side in Ndola on Saturday.

That result gave the South African side an away goals victory after the first leg had ended 0-0 and earned them a place in the last four against either Club Africain of Tunisia or Mouloudia Alger of Algeria.

"It does not matter who we meet as all the clubs are giants at this stage," said SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

Zesco led twice in Ndola and seemed destined to advance as the match drifted into extra time.

But the home side failed to mark Phala as a hopeful long ball dropped into the goalmouth and he beat goalkeeper and captain Jacob Banda at his near post to put his side through.

African Confederation Cup quarter-finals second legs
CS Sfaxien 1-0 FUS Rabat (FUS win 5-4 on penalties after tie ends 1-1 on aggregate)
Zesco United 2-2 SuperSport United (SuperSport United go through on away goals after the tie ends 2-2 on aggregate)
TP Mazembe v Al Hilal Obied (2-1)
Club Africain v Mouloudia Alger (0-1)

Zesco had gone ahead early in the match when John Ching'andu volleyed in a deep cross past Williams.

Another long cross led to the first SuperSport equaliser on 34 minutes with Phala firing the ball across Banda into the far corner of the net.

Slack SuperSport marking allowed Kenyan David Owino to put Zesco ahead again on 50 minutes before Phala's late strike.

Elsewhere, FUS Rabat of Morocco defeated CS Sfaxien on penalties on Friday to advance to the Confederation Cup semi-finals.

The Moroccan club secured the win despite losing the second leg 1-0 in Tunisia, a result which levelled the quarter-final aggregate score at 1-1.

FUS then seized their place in the last four with a 5-4 victory on penalties.

Karim Aouadhi, who hit a 23rd-minute penalty in Sfax, was the only player not to score in the shootout.

It was an uncharacteristic miss by the tall midfielder, whose six-goal haul this season in Africa's second tier club competition included four penalties.

Badr Boulahroud, Ivorian Lamine Diakite, El Mehdi El Bassil, Zakaria Belmaachi and Mohamed Saoud were the successful Rabat penalty-takers.

After Aouadhi fluffed his shootout spot-kick, Yassine Meriah, Hamza Mathlouthi, Alaa Marzouki and Oussema Amdouni netted for three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien.

FUS will be away to title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo or Al Hilal Obied of Sudan next weekend in the first leg of the semi-final.

Mazembe hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Sudan as they prepare for Sunday's home leg in Lubumbashi.

In other games, Tunisia's Club Africain host Mouloudia Alger of Algeria trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

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