TP Mazembe defeats JS Kabylie to get to Confederation Cup group stage

Ready to defend 2016 title

TP Mazembe, out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has qualified for the group stage of the 2017 African Confederation Cup after a 0-0 draw against the Algerian club JS Kabylie on Sunday. Mazembe, who is currently the reigning champion of the Confederation Cup, won the home leg of the playoff last weekend two goals to nil. Those two goals were made by Zambian Nathan Sinkala and Malian Salif Coulibaly. This second-leg draw was almost broken by Kabylie’s Mohamed Boulaouidet just barely missing a shot on goal in the second half, and teammate Mehdi Benaldija hitting the goalpost in minute 75. It’s worth noting that Mazembe defeated a different club from Algeria, USM Alger, to win the 2015 Africa Champions League. Mazembe defeated a third Algerian club, Mouloudia Bejaia, to win last year’s Confederation Cup.

In other Confederation Cup news, Asec Mimosas was upset by the Gabonese club CF Mounana, who kept the opponent from scoring at all and overcoming the 2-1 aggregate. South African club Platinum Stars needed to go to penalty kicks to get past Ivory Coast club AS Tanda. Platinum got to tie up the aggregate thanks to two goals by Namibian Benson Shilongo and Malawian Robert Ng’ambi, while keeping Tanda scoreless. Platinum went on to squeak by Tanda 5-4 in penalty kicks. As for fellow South African team SuperSport United, they demolished the Liberian Barrack Young Controllers 5-0. Barrack allowed its first goal just three minutes into the game, and SuperSport was propelled from there on with a hat trick by Jeremy Brockie. Finally, the Sudanese club Al Hilal Obeid got past Gambian club Ports Authority 3-0 and advances to the group stage. All of these teams will figure out who their opponents will be in the group phase when the draw is held in Cairo on April 26th.

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