BY SEDARA OLUWADARA
After CAF Champions League exit, the two Nigeria representatives Plateau United and Rivers United will know their CAF Confederation Cup opponents next Tuesday when the draw will be made in Cairo.
Last weekend the second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup has been concluded and the qualified teams will be joined by CAF Champions League eliminated teams for an additional decisive round that will qualify them for the group stage of the 2022-2023 inter-club competition.
After a difficult start, Renaissance Sportive de Berkane (Morocco) finally hold their rank and qualify by dominating Kwara United (Nigeria) despite a 1-3 defeat in the first leg.
Many top rated African teams have also qualified for the knockout stage. Pyramids (Egypt) inflicted a 7-0 defeat on Hilal Alsahil (Sudan).Club Africain (Tunisia), St Eloi Lupopo (DR Congo), Club Sfaxien (Tunisia), Future FC (Egypt), USM Alger (Algeria) and Marumo Gallants (South Africa) will play the additional second preliminary round.
Real Bamako (Mali), despite a 1-0 defeat in Accra, eliminated Hearts of Oak of Ghana.Azam of Tanzania beat Al Akhdar of Libya 2-0 but not enough to progress. While Diables Noirs of Congo and Motema Pembe of DR Congo won easily.
The only away win in this second leg was by FAR Rabat. The Moroccan team won by the narrowest of margins (1-0) against Ashanti Gold in Guinea.
All these clubs will face the eliminated teams from the second preliminary round of the TotalEnergies Champions League on 2 and 9 November to reach the group stage of the TotalEnergies Confederation Cup this season.
Also, there are some big teams among the eliminated teams in the top tier.
These include TP Mazembe (DR Congo), ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire), Rivers United (Nigeria), Plateau United (Nigeria), Primeiro Agosto (Angola), Royal Leopards (Eswatini), Young Africans (Tanzania), ASKO, Al Merreikh (Sudan), ASN Nigelec (Niger), US Monastir (Algeria), Djoliba AC (Mali), Flambeau du Centre (Burundi), La Passe (Seychelles), Cape Town City (South Africa) and the loser of AS Vita Club (DR Congo)/RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso).
The draw for the additional second preliminary round is scheduled for Tuesday 18 October in Cairo, Egypt.
Second Preliminary Round Full Results (First Leg results in brackets)
Club Africain 7-0 Kipanga
Future FC 4-0 Kallon FC (2-0)
Sagrada 0-0 St Eloi Lupopo (0-2)
Al Nasr 1-0 AS Kigali (0-0)
Diables Noirs 3-0 Ferroviaro da Beira (1-2)
Motema Pembe 2-0 St Michel (1-0)
Hearsts of Oak 1-0 Real Bamako (0-3)
Azam 2-0 Al Akhdar (0-3)
Berkane 2-0 Kwara (1-3)
Pyramids 7-0 Hilal Alsahil (2-0)
Club Sfaxien 1-0 Fasil Kenema (0-0)
JS Saoura 0-0 Sporting Gagnoa (0-1)
Marumo Gallants 1-0 Elgeco Plus (3-1)
Zesco 1-1 Royal AM (0-0)
Ashanti GB 0-1 FAR Rabat (0-4)