Asec prevent north African clean sweep

Asec Abidjan prevented a north African clean sweep of places in the last eight of the African Champions League with a goalless draw in Morocco on Sunday to overcome hosts Wydad Casablanca 2-0 on aggregate.

Asec Abidjan prevented a north African clean sweep of places in the last eight of the African Champions League with a goalless draw in Morocco on Sunday to overcome hosts Wydad Casablanca 2-0 on aggregate.

Asec's progress leaves them as the only club from sub-Saharan Africa left in the competition.

The Ivorian champions, semifinalists last year, produced a solid rearguard performance in their third round, second leg to qualify for the group phase for the eighth time in 11 years.

Two second-half penalties from Salem Rewani saw Al Ittihad become the first Libyan side through to the group phase, beating Etoile du Congo on the away goals rule.

Al Ittihad were 3-1 down from the first leg in Brazzaville but the 2-0 win in Tripoli on Sunday put them through.

On Saturday, Tunisia's Esperance and Etoile Sahel went comfortably through and were joined by Morocco's Royal Armed Forces.

The soldiers scored twice through Mohamed Bouri and defender Khalidi Maroufi in the last 20 minutes as they eliminated TP Mazembe Englebert of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 2-0 win in Rabat overturned a 1-0 defeat in the first leg in Kinshasa earlier in the month.

Aymen Chermiti netted on a rebound in the 15th minute after Seif Ghezal had his penalty saved as Etoile opened the scoring in their match against Maranatha Fiokpo of Togo in Sousee.

Aymen Soltani added a second in the 34th minute as Etoile doubled their aggregate lead and Afouane El Gharbi scored the third in the 89th minute.

Esperance drew 0-0 away in Mwanza against Young Africans of Tanzania to progress 3-0 on aggregate.

Three more north African teams won on Friday with holders Al-Ahly of Egypt, Algeria's JS Kabylie and Al Hilal of Sudan all winning their respective ties.

The draw for the group phase is set for Cairo at the end of next month but the Confederation of African Football is yet to announce a date. - Reuters

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