Harare celebrates as Dynamos send Tunisian champs packing


Dynamos, whose victory sent Harare into an all-night celebration, had a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg, and scored the only goal of the game in the second leg in Tunisia to claim a fantastic win, 2-0 on aggregate.

Benjamin Marere, who was only recently signed Mwana Africa, scored just before the half hour mark to give the visitors a surprise win.

Dynamos participation in the game had been in doubt in the run up to the match because of Zimbabwe new currency restrictions. However, Dynamos managed to overcome this at the last minute and only arrived in the coastal resort of Sousse in the early hours of the morning of the game.

The defeat for Etoile leaves them battling for a place in the latter stages of the Confederation Cup.

Ivory Coast’s ASEC Abidjan qualified for the group phase for a record ninth time yesterday after a 1-1 draw against Olympique Khouribga in Morocco.

ASEC progressed to the last eight on the away goals rule after a 0-0 draw in Abidjan in the first leg of the tie last month. ASEC have missed out on the league phase just three times since the new format of the competition was introduced in 1997.

The Ivorians are joined by two other hardened campaigners, five-time winners Al Ahly and Zamalek of Egypt as well as TP Mazembe Englebert of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have won the continent’s top club competition on three previous occasions.

Last year’s semi-finalists Al Hilal of Sudan also booked their place in the league despite losing 1-0 to South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria on Sunday. Al Hilal went through 4-3 on aggregate.

Al Ahly beat Platinum Stars 2-0 in Cairo with second half goals from Emad Moteab and the Angolan international Flavio. The Cairo giants had suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat in the first leg against the newcomers.

InterClube of Angola beat Zamalek 2-1 with a late winner from the penalty spot but Zamalek had a handy 3-0 lead from the first leg.

TP Mazembe overcame Al Ittihad of Libya 2-0 in Lubumbashi with a 10th-minute penalty from Bomboko Ngoy and a 61st minute winner from Luyeye Mvete. It ensured a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

The winners go into the group draw on Sunday, being held in Yaounde, Cameroon, while the eight weekend losers drop down into the African Confederation Cup.Camerooon’s Cotonsport reached the group phase for the first time despite losing 2-1 to Jeunesse Sportive Kayblie in Algeria.

Cotonsport took a three-goal advantage into the second leg of the third round qualifier and advance 4-2 on aggregate.

Success was especially sweet for the team from the north-west Cameroon town of Garoua as they were eliminated by Kabylie at the same stage of the competition last year.

Enyimba of Nigeria, one of just three clubs to successfully defend the Champions League title, joined Cotonsport in the next phase despite a 2-1 loss to Club Africain in Tunisia.

The ‘Peoples Elephant’ from the south eastern town of Aba travelled north in a near invincible position having scored two stoppage goals against nine-man Club to establish a 5-1 first leg lead.