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.
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