First four teams book slots in CAF Champions League group phase

Mamelodi Sundowns picked the biggest win of the round
Zamalek, Petro, Beliuizdad also through
More matches will be played Saturday and Sunday

Mamelodi Sundowns, CR Belouizdad, Petro de Luanda and Zamalek are the first four teams to confirm their places in the group stages of the CAF Champions League after picking victories in the return leg matches of their second preliminary round.

Sundowns picked the biggest win of the round, thrashing Seychelles side La Passe 15-1 on aggregate after putting eight past them in the return fixture in Pretoria on Friday night.

This is the second biggest victory ever in a CAF Champions League tie.

Cassius Mailula scored a hattrick, Gift Motupa two while Thapelo Morena, Hashim Domingo and Neo Maema scored one each. Morena opened the scoring after eight minutes unmarked at the back post before La Passe equalized in the 37th minute through Florent Rajaoniasy’s bouncing header off a cross from the right.

The visitors briefly had a dream of walking toe to toe with Sundowns, but that was quickly put out when Mailula scored the first of his three with a beautiful backheel from a cross on the left.

Lead 3-1 at halftime 

He added his second at the stroke of halftime for a 3-1 lead at the break before Sundowns could go on the rampage in the second half with five unanswered goals, completely outplaying their opponents.

Motupa added the fourth with a rasping finish from inside the box after 70 minutes. Six minutes later, they were destroyed from the wing again, Domingo finishing off with an acrobatic kick from a cross on the left.

Sundowns would add three more with Le Passe completely unable to defend for their lives.

In Alexandria, Egyptian giants Zamalek also progressed to the group phase after a well worked 5-1 victory over Burundi’s Flambeau du Centre for a 6-1 aggregate score.

Ahmed Sayed ‘Zizo’ was the star of the White Knights as he scored a hattrick with Ibrahima Ndiaye and Youssef Osama Nabih scoring one each.

Leonard Gakwaya had drawn the Burundian champions level in the 25th minute to cancel out Zizo’s fourth minute opener, but the home side went to the break with a 3-1 lead, and cemented their victory with two more goals in the second half.

Algeria’s Belouizdad also progress

Meanwhile, Algeria’s CR Belouizdad who reached the quarter finals of last season’s competition also progressed after overturning a 2-1 first leg loss against Malian side Djoliba, winning 2-0 in the return tie to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Miloud Rebiai and Abderrahmane Bourdim scored the all-important goals in either half to send the Algerians to the group phase.

Elsewhere, Angola’s Petro de Luanda, semi-finalists of last year’s edition also earned a group stage berth after a 1-0 win at home against South Africa’s Cape Town City. They progressed 4-0 on aggregate after winning the first leg last weekend 3-0.

Leonardo Manuel Isola Ramos alias Cabibi scored the winner in the return tie late in the second half.

Cape Town, La Passe, Djoliba and Flambeau will now all drop to the second additional preliminary round in the CAF Confederation Cup.

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