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Saturday,22 September, 2018
Issue 1293, (28 April - 4 May 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Victory in Africa

Egyptian teams have qualified for two African football spots, reports Abeer Anwar

Al-Ahram Weekly

Egypt’s Ahly and Misr Al-Maqassa secured places in the next round of the African Champions League, but Enppi was defeated. Meanwhile, Egypt maintained its 20-year record of qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Eight-time record African champions Al Ahly qualified for the African Champions League with a late victory against Tanzania’s Young Africans in the second leg match in Alexandria, after the teams drew 1-1 in Dar Al- Salaam.

Egypt’s Misr El-Maqasah came through a see-saw match against CS Constantine of Algeria to reserve its place in the play-offs with a 3-1 second-leg win, proceeding 3-2 on aggregate in the contender match played in Fayoum. Ghanaian national Nana Poku put Misr El Maqasah ahead with an early goal, and Mohamed Gaber doubled the lead not long after half-time. Gaber scored again, clenching a victory for El Maqasah.

Constantine’s Malagasy Paulin Voavy scored the visitor’s sole goal.

This will ensure an Egyptian presence at the play-offs in the competition won by Egypt’s Al-Ahly two seasons ago.

African Champions League titleholders TP Mazembe were crushed out of the African Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate loss to Wydad Casablanca. Through a late goal by Reda Hajhouj in the injury time, the Moroccans, led by former Real Madrid boss John Toshack, earned a 1-1 draw to stay in the game. Mazembe has now dropped down to the Orange CAF Confederation Cup play-offs.

Meanwhile, Egyptian team Enppi which had reached the semi-finals of the 2009 Confederation Cup was eliminated despite a  2-0 victory in the first leg. Two goals by the talented Wael Farrag were not enough as Mounana of Gabon won 5-4 on penalties in the second leg to reserve his team’s first play-off spot in the competition.

Nigeria’s Enyimba and Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel went to penalties, with the Nigerian side winning. Former African champions Esperance of Tunisia also went through to the play-offs of the Confederation Cup, making a comeback from a 2-1 first leg loss to win 3-0 and progress 4-2 on aggregate. They are joined in the next stage by fellow Tunisians, Stade Gabesian which defeated Zambia’s Zanaco  3-0.

Sagrada Esperanca of Angola ousted  V Club Mokanda of Congo, while Uganda’s SC Villa managed a 1-0 win at home against FUS Rabat of Morocco. But the goal was nothing more than a consolation as the Moroccans clenched a 7-1 victory on aggregate in the second leg.

Another close encounter ended with Kawkab Marrakech of Morocco using home advantage to oust Mouloudia Oran of Algeria 1-0 after a goalless first leg. Medeama of Ghana reached the play-offs for the second time in three seasons by defeating Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan 2-0 in Sekondi.

The winners of the last 16 tie matches will play the losers in the Champions League for a place in the Confederation Cup. The Confederation Cup last 16 winners will be paired with the Champions League last 16 losers.

Moreover, the draw for the second quarter final round of the Confederation Cup was dominated by North African teams for places in the second-tier continental championship. The ceremony was held last week at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, officiated by CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani, assisted by CAF Interclubs Committee member Hazem Hawary.

The first leg will take place between 6-8 May, 2016, and the second leg on 17-18 May, 2016.

On another front of African football successes, Egypt maintained an unbroken record of qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup since 1996. It cleanched a hard fought 5-4 win over Zambia on Friday at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena, Johannesburg.

The Pharaohs fought valiantly against the Zambians who were determined to win, but the Egyptians prevailed with a 4-1 victory. The second half began with a 3-0 lead for Egypt thanks to a hat-trick by Mostafa Mohamed before El Moatazzbillah Abdel Halim ‘Mizo’, who scored the fourth at 17 minutes. Boniface Ndhlovu of Zambia pulled one back at 19 minutes to launch his team’s comeback.

After Egypt won the first spot, Morocco qualified for the second African spot in the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 after a 4-1 win over Mozambique in their semi-final face-off. Sofiane El Mesrar scored early in the first half before a brace from captain Adil Habil and one from Saad Knia gave the Moroccans a four-goal lead.

“I set myself a target of qualifying for the World Cup; and thank God we did,” Moroccan coach Hicham Dguig told the press after the match. “Now, victory in the final will be the icing on the cake.”

Second Quarter Finals Draw

MO Bejaia (Algeria) vs Esperance (Tunisia)
Stade Malien (Mali) vs FUS Rabat (Morocco)
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) vs CF Mounana (Gabon)
TP Mazembe (DR Congo) vs Stade Gabesien (Tunisia)
Ahli Tripoli (Libya) vs Misr Makkassa (Egypt)
El Merreikh (Sudan) vs Kawkab (Morocco)
Young Africans (Tanzania) vs Sagrada Esperanca (Angola)
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) vs Medeama (Ghana)

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