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Caf Champions League winners and losers

12:15 EAT 20/08/2018
Al Ahly player Mohamed Gaber (R) in action against Township Rollers player Obuile Ncenga (L) , July 2018
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for teams in this captivating penultimate round of group matches.

Matchday 5 had some spills and thrills that threw the last round of matches into one to look forward to. Some teams were eliminated from the Caf Champions League, while some progressed to the quarter-finals and there were also those who left it for the last day of group matches to know their fate.

  • Caf Champions League Final 2017, Al Ahly forward Walid Azaro and Wydad Casablanca defender Rabeh Youssef

    #1 Winners: Al Ahly

    The Egyptians were the biggest Matchday 5 winners after edging Esperance 1-0 away to secure qualification for the quarter-finals. Morocco international forward Walid Azarou scored the all-important goal that separated the two North African rivals. The win propelled Al-Ahly to the summit of Group A on head-to-head advantage over Esperance, having arrived in Rades as second-placed. Al Ahly have now won in their last four visits to Esperance who have also gone for nine games without defeating the Egyptians.
  • Mamelodi Sundowns v Togo-Port, July 2018

    #2 Losers: Mamelodi Sundowns

    The 2016 African champions complicated their lives by losing 1-0 away at Wydad Casablanca. They went into the match facing the bright prospect of maintaining Group C second-position with win, but they now have to wait for the last day to know their fate. To avoid elimination, it is a must that they beat Horoya in Pretoria next week.
  • Zesco United striker Jesse Were.

    #3 Winners: Zesco United

    A sensational hat-tick inside four minutes by Zambia international forward Lazarus Kambole rescued Zesco United’s campaign with a 3-0 win away at Mbabane Swallows. It appeared as if Zesco were out of the tournament as they went into this match as Group D basement side with just two points. To qualify for the knockout stage, they now just need to beat Etoile du Sahel at home next week while they pray that Swallows beat Primiero Agosto.
  • MC Alger vs USM Alger 04 March 2017

    #4 Losers: MC Alger

    The Algerians would have confirmed their place in the quarter-finals had they beaten Difaa El Jadida away on Saturday. But they surrendered that chance with a 2-0 loss to the Moroccan side and dropped to third position. Victory for MC Alger would have rendered their last match at home to fellow Algerians ES Setif a dead rubber even in the event of a defeat. But they now go into that match under pressure and desperate for a win.
  • Horoya Aboubacar Camara, May 12 2017

    #5 Winners: Horoya

    Going into this round of matches placed on third position in Group C, a 2-1 win over Togo Port saw Horoya pull down Sundowns and settle on second spot. Ocansey Mandela and Nigerian forward Bolaji Sakin were on target for Horoya who are now three points ahead of Sundowns. The Guineans now need just a point from their visit to Sundowns to ensure a berth in the last eight.