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Friday, July 29, 2016

Sundowns Beat Zamalek To Reach African Champions League Semis

Sundowns beat Zamalek to reach African
Champions League semis
28 Jul
Mamelodi Sundowns reach the Champions League semi-
final
Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa continued their
impressive run in the African Champions League with a 1-0
win over Zamalek on Wednesday which put them into the
semi-finals.
In the other group, qualification will go down to the final day
of matches, after bottom side Al Ahly finally recorded a win
- beating leaders Wydad Casablanca 1-0.
Zambia's Zesco are tied with Wydad after being held 1-1 by
Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast, who have the same number
of points as Ahly.
The loss lead to the resignation of Zamalek coach Mohamed
Helmi, while captain Hazem Emam has been suspended
over an altercation with a team member.
Zamalek chairman accepted Helmi's resignation and had
appointed Mohamed Salah as interim coach.
An own-goal from Zamalek's Ali Gabr in the 79th minute
secured Sundowns' qualification to complete a remarkable
turnaround for the South Africans in the Champions League.
Sundowns had been eliminated in the final qualifying round
for the Champions League last April by AS Vita Club from
the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Demoted to the second-tier Confederation Cup, Sundowns
were beaten by Medeama of Ghana in a play-off to suffer
further African disappointment.
But on the eve of the June draw for the Champions League
groups, the organisers kicked out Vita Club for using a
banned player and Sundowns were reinstated.
The victory over Zamalek puts Sundowns top of Group B on
nine points - six ahead of Zamalek in second.
We still have to do the business
Pitso Mosimane
Sundowns' coach
"The gap is getting closer and closer between us and the
north Africans," Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said after
the win.
But he cautioned that Sundowns' hard work could come to
nothing if they fail to win the title.
"There's a little bit of bragging rights in beating Zamalek,
but we still have to do the business," he said.
Bottom side Enyimba of Nigeria are yet to register a point
after two matches in this group which is reduced to three
teams following Entente Setif's disqualification.
Enyimba and Zamalek play in the final round of group
matches to decide which of them will join Sundowns in the
last four.
In Group A, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Zesco
United of Zambia also had the chance to secure semi-finals
places if they both won their matches on Wednesday.
However, Zesco United were held to a draw away to Asec
Mimosas in Abidjan to open up the group and keep ASEC's
faint hopes of progressing alive.
Asec piled on the pressure on Zesco with a 75th minute
strike from Nabi Kone, but the visitors responded five
minutes later with an equaliser from Jackson Mwanza.
The result left Zesco level on seven points with leaders
Wydad Casablanca who were beaten at home by bottom-of-
the-table Al Ahly of Egypt in the late match.
Asec are a further three points behind.
Ahly had managed just one point from their first three
games but Rami Rabia's goal early in the second half in
Morocco gave them a fine away win.
Ahly play Zesco and Asec take on Wydad in the final round
of matches, so all four teams from Group A still have hopes
of going through to the last four.
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