African Confederation Cup: Zamalek, CS Sfaxien and Enugu Rangers advance

African Confederation Cup trophy
African Confederation Cup trophy

Egyptian giants Zamalek, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Nigeria's Enugu Rangers all booked their place in the African Confederation Cup play-offs on Sunday.

Bright Silas was the two-goal star for Nigerian club Enugu Rangers as they reached the next round of Africa's second tier club tournament with a 2-0 home win over Algerian outfit USM Bel Abbes.

Rangers, whose only African title came 41 years ago, qualified 2-0 on aggregate having drawn 0-0 away in the first leg of the round-of-32 tie.

The Nigerians, who exited the Confederation Cup at the play-offs stage in their last three appearances, will meet a Champions League round-of-30 loser for a group-phase place.

Moroccan club Hassania Agadir scraped through 2-1 on aggregate after losing 1-0 away to Senegalese academy side Generation Foot in Dakar.

Bun Sanneh netted midway through the second half for Generation, but a second goal that would have taken the tie to a penalty shootout eluded the local team.

Cameroonian hopefuls New Star kept Libyan visitors Al Ahly Tripoli at bay with 10 men in the closing stages to force a 0-0 draw in Limbe and advance on away goals.

New Star were one of four clubs who had a player sent off on Sunday in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

Tunisian team CS Sfaxien, winners of the Confederation Cup a record three times, were comfortable 4-2 overall winners despite losing 1-0 to Green Buffaloes in Zambia.

Mike Katiba scored the only second leg goal eight minutes from time in Lusaka after Sfaxien had a player red-carded early in the second half.

Egyptian giants Zamalek were another club to cruise into the play-offs next month despite suffering a second-leg defeat.

The Cairo outfit fell 2-0 away to Chadian opponents ASCOT in N'Djamena with Youssouf Abagana and Mahamat Ada scoring in the closing stages.

But the tie had effectively been won and lost a week ago with Zamalek establishing a 7-0 first leg advantage.

On Saturday, another Egyptian side, Al Masry, became the biggest casualties of the round, losing out to Burkina Faso's Salitas.

The Confederation Cup play-offs draw is scheduled for 28 December in Cairo.

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