Mazembe drops into the African Confederation Cup play-off round at the hands of Caps United

Five time African Champions,  TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo suffered a shock exit from this year’s African Champions League, losing on the away-goals ruling to Zimbabwe’s 2016 champions CAPS United on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium.

Sports Reporter 

Mazembe were under pressure after being held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last-32 tie at home in Lubumbashi last weekend

The away-goal proved to be crucial for CAPS United who withstood the pressure from Mazembe in the second leg in Harare, earning a 0-0 draw.

Mazembe, won won the African Champions League in 2015, were left frustrated by the Zimbabwean underdogs on Sunday in their search for a goal.

As in the first leg in Lubumbashi, CAPS United’s goalkeeper, Edmore Sibanda, stood firm to deny the DR Congo giants a chance to score.

It means Mazembe now drop into the African Confederation Cup play-off round, where they will look to defend the title they won in 2016.

The result is a huge accomplishment for CAPS United of Zimbabwe who have returned to the African Champions League after an 11-year absence.

They will now enter the group phase of the tournament which has been expanded from eight to 16 clubs.

Champions League results (winners progress to group phase, losers to Confederation Cup):

Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) 1-0 USM Alger (Algeria) – USM win 2-1 on aggregate

Al Merreikh (Sudan) 4-0 Rivers United (Nigeria) – Merreikh win 4-3 on aggregate

Tanda (Ivory Coast) 1-2 Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) – Etoile win 5-1 on aggregate

Horoya (Guinea ) 2-1 Esperance (Tunisia) – Esperance win 4-3 on aggregate

FUS Rabat (Morocco) 3-1 Al Ahly Tripoli (Libya) – 3-3 on aggregate Ahly win on away goals

KCCA (Uganda) 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) – Sundowns win 3-2 on aggregate

Mounana (Gabon) 1-0 Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) – 1-1 on aggregate Wydad win 5-4 on penalties

Zanaco (Zambia) 0-0 Young Africans (Tanzania) – 1-1 on aggregate Zanaco win on away goals

Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia) 2-0 Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique) – 2-2 on aggregate Ferroviario win 4-1 on penalties

Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) 2-1 Zamalek (Egypt) – Zamalek win 5-3 on aggregate

Vita Club (DR Congo) 2-0 Ports Authority (The Gambia) – Vita Club win 3-1 on aggregate

CNsPS Sport (Madagascar) 1-1 Coton Sport (Cameroon) – Coton win 2-1 on aggregate

Wits (South Africa) 0-0 Al Ahly (Egypt) – Ahly win 1-0 on aggregate

CAPS United (Zimbabwe) 0-0 TP Mazembe (DR Congo) – 1-1 on aggregate CAPS win on away goals

St George (Ethiopia) 2-0 Leopards (Congo) – St George win 3-0 on aggregate

Port Louis (Mauritius) 2-2 Al Hilal (Sudan) – Hilal win 5-2 on aggregate

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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