CCL: Ochaya’s Mazembe, Onyango’s Sundowns in Champs League semis

By Football256 Team

TP Mazembe came from a goal down to beat Simba SC 4-1 at Stade TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi and qualify for the semifinals of the 2018/2019 Total CAF Champions League.

Joseph Ochaya’s side advanced with 4-1 on aggregate after the two sides settled for a barren draw in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania seven days earlier.

Mazembe fell behind to an early goal from Ugandan international Emmanuel Okwi after just two minutes but the home side brought matters to level terms through Kabaso Chongo’s strike in the 23rd minute.

Meschak Elia made 2-1 for the home side seven minutes to halftime to give The Ravens the much-needed lead heading into the break.

Tresor Mputu broke Simba fans’ hearts with a third goal for the hosts in the 62nd minute, it was Jackson Muleka with the last nail in the coffin in the 75th minute.

The result was enough to see the five-time African champions seal it and secure a comfortable victory over the Tanzanian giants.

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Denis Onyango (front) was in stellar form as Mamelodi Sundowns qualified for the semifinals of the CAF Champions League. Courtesy Photo

The win meant that the Lubumbashi based club have now gone 44 matches without losing a home match in the continental competition.

Okwi and fellow Ugandan international Murushid Jjuuko featured for Simba left back Joseph Ochaya also played 90 minutes for TP Mazembe.

Elsewhere, Cranes’ skipper Denis Onyango inspired Mamelodi Sundowns to the semi-finals of the competition, despite suffering defeat to eight-time winners Al Ahly in the second leg of their quarter-final on Saturday evening.

Walid Azaro’s 68th minute was not enough for Al Ahly as they needed at least four more unanswered goals to force the game into penalties but they were unable to reach the feat at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Sundowns had done all the work in the first leg back in South Africa as they aged the continental giants 5-1 on aggregate.

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