Gallants edge closer to Confed Cup group stages

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POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Nantenaina Elysee Tony of Elgeco Plus and Sibusiso Sibeko of Marumo Gallants during the CAF Confederation Cup, 2nd preliminary round - leg 2 match between Marumo Gallants FC and Elgeco Plus at Peter Mokaba Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)
POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Nantenaina Elysee Tony of Elgeco Plus and Sibusiso Sibeko of Marumo Gallants during the CAF Confederation Cup, 2nd preliminary round - leg 2 match between Marumo Gallants FC and Elgeco Plus at Peter Mokaba Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Maeta/Gallo Images)

Marumo Gallants booked their spot in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage play-offs with a 4-1 aggregate win over Elgeco Plus following a 1-0 win in the second leg on Saturday afternoon.

Gallants made only one change from the side that won the first-leg 3-1, as Lucky Mohomi was recalled at the expense of Olivier Toure.

Bahlabane Ba Ntwa were in the driving seat in the tie thanks to three away goals scored by Monde Mphambaniso, Celimpilo Ngema and Lesiba Nku in Antananarivo last weekend.

Returning coach Dan Malesela also extended his perfect start after he won his first match back in charge with a narrow 1-0 win over TS Galaxy prior to the team's departure to Madagascar.

After scoring two early goals away, Malesela's charges took time to get going on home soil but Lehlohonolo Monyane eventually broke the deadlock shortly before the halftime break.

Nonyane's opener for the Limpopo side gave them a huge 4-1 aggregate lead heading into the interval.

In control of the contest, Malesela refreshed the side early in the second stanza with a double change in midfield as Joseph Molangoane and Sibusiso Sibeko made way for Letsie Koapeng and Brendon Makgope.

Elgeco did not have much to offer, as Gallants secured a comfortable victory on aggregate and qualified for the additional second preliminary round.

The draw for the additional second preliminary round will take place next Tuesday.

The 16 teams that lost in the CAF Champions League second preliminary round will be paired with 16 teams that went through in the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round.

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