ACL: TP Mazembe crash out to Wydad
Holders TP Mazembe crashed out of the African Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate loss to Wydad Casablanca.
The Moroccans , coached by former Real Madrid boss John Toshack, scored late in DR Congo to earn a 1-1 draw.
Mazembe had taken the lead after 28 minutes as Mali defender Salif Coulibaly headed home a corner from Ghana’s Solomon Asante.
Reda Hajhouj equalised in injury time, in a match that Mazembe created several chances.
In Yesterday’s fixtures, Egypt’s Zamalek and former champions Entente Setif of Algeria have joined Zambia’s Zesco United in the group stages of the African Champions League.
Zamalek, coached by former Birmingham City and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish, grabbed a late equaliser against Mouloudia Bejaia to progress 3-1 on aggregate.
The success eases some of the pressure on McLeish, who’s side are trailing their great rivals Al Ahly in the Egyptian league by 11 points.
Setif, African champions in 2014, were held to a goalless draw at home by Sudan’s Al Merreikh.
Coupled with a 2-2 draw from the first leg, that takes the Algerians through on away goals.
Earlier Zesco beat Mali’s Stade Malien 2-1 on Tuesday to complete a 5-2 victory on aggregate and become the first team to reach the Champions League group stage.
Eight-times record African champions Al Ahly of Egypt left it late before progressing to the group phase of the African Champions League with a dramatic win against Tanzania’s Young Africans.
The tie was delicately poised going into the second leg in Alexandria after the teams had drawn 1-1 in Dar es Salaam.
Ahly, managed by former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, took the lead in the 51st minute through Hossam Ghaly.
But the impressive Tanzanians hit back with an equaliser from Donald Ngoma 16 minutes later.
With the fixture heading towards extra-time, Ahly secured their place in the next stage of the competition with a winner from El-Said deep into stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Ivorians ASEC Mimosas lost their second leg to Libya’s Al Ahly Tripoli 2-1 on Wednesday, but advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
The match was played in Tunis on security grounds.
In Pretoria, AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo went though on the away goals rule, after losing the second leg against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Vita Club increased their advantage when Kule Mbombo scored a precious away goal after 38 minutes to make it 2-0 overall.
The South African side fought back, first from the penalty spot when Nthethe scored just before half-time, and then through a Langerman strike 15 minutes from time.
That made it 2-2 on aggregate, with Vita Club squeezing through.
The draw for the group stage will be held on 24 May in Cairo, Egypt.