Mixed results for COSAFA sides in African club competition

There were mixed results for COSAFA sides competing in African club competition this past weekend with some coming to the end of the road for the 2018/19 campaign.

South African sides Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates both registered wins in the CAF Champions League to keep their quarterfinal hopes on track.

Sundowns edged 2017 continental champions Wydad Casablanca 2-1 in Pretoria thanks to a brace from Themba Zwane, while Pirates were comfortable 3-0 victors over Horoya from Guinea as Zambian forward Justin Shonga bagged a brace.

It was not such a good weekend for Zimbabwean side FC Platinum as the went down 2-0 at holders Esperance.

Zambian side Zesco United pulled off an excellent 2-1 away victory at Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa in the CAF Confederation Cup to claim the tie 5-2 on aggregate and advance to the pool stages of that competition.

Another Zambian side, Nkana FC, also claimed a group stage place as they played to a 0-0 draw away at San Pedro in the Ivory Coast to win the tie 3-0.

Angolan outfit Petro Atletico also won through as they beat Stade Malien 2-1 at home to win their tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Two more COSAFA sides did not make the pool stages as African Stars from Namibia were edged 2-1 on aggregate by holders Raja Casablanca, while Lesotho side Bantu FC lost 4-2 on aggregate to Enugu Rangers from Nigeria.

The next round of pool games in the Champions League will be played the weekend of February 1-2, while the pool stage of the Confederation Cup kicks-off on February 3.