Theophilus Afelokhai was the hero of Wednesday’s night CAF Champions League match played in Sousse, Tunisia as he stopped four penalties to earn Enyimba a befitting 7-6 aggregate win over hosts, Etoile du Sahel and cruised to the lucrative group stage of the competition.
The match ended 3-0 in regulation time in favour of Etoile du Sahel who had lost the first leg by the same margin. The resultant penalty shoot-out saw the Nigerian champions’ goalkeeper, Afelokhai saving four penalties thus leading the former two time champions to the group stage.
Holders TP Mazembe crashed out of the African Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate loss to Wydad Casablanca. The Moroccans, coached by former Real Madrid boss John Toshack, scored late in DR Congo to earn a 1-1 draw.
Mazembe had taken the lead after 28 minutes as Mali defender Salif Coulibaly headed home a corner from Ghana’s Solomon Asante. Reda Hajhouj equalised in injury time, in a match that Mazembe created several chances. The draw for the group stage will be held on 24 May in Cairo, Egypt.
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