The top eight from this season’s CAF Confederation Cup have been known after the completion of the group stages this weekend.
The draw of the quarter finals will be conducted on Wednesday evening in Cairo, with interesting match ups expected towards the crowning of a new champion after the early elimination of holders RS Berkane.
South African debutants Marumo Gallants, coached by revered tactician Dylan Kerr, have been the story of the group stages as they finished top of Group A with 12 points from four wins. They edged out St. Elloi Lupopo of DR Congo in their last match to earn top spot, ahead of Algerian side USM Alger.
Alger finished second, and earned the second qualification slot. They edged out Al Akhdar of Libya 4-1 in their last group match to move to 11 points.
In Group B, four straight wins have taken Ivory Coast side Asec Mimoasas top of the table. They edged out Nigeria’s Rivers United 1-0 in a top of the table last fixture of the group to move to 13 points, while the Nigerians remained second with 10.
In Group C, Morocco’s FAR Rabat finished top despite being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side AS Kara of Togo.
Pyramids edged through to finish second in the group after beating debutants Future FC 2-1 in a tough duel for second place.
Pyramids, finalists of the 2019-20 season, finished second with 11 points, ending Future’s dream run in the competition.
In Group D, Tanzanian giants Young Africans won their fourth match in the group after edging out TP Mazembe 1-0 in Lubumbashi to move to 13 points. The Congolese giants lost their fifth consecutive match as their disastrous campaign ended with just three points from their match day one victory.
US Monastir finished second in the group with 13 points as well after edging out Real de Bamako of Mali 2-1, but had a lower goal aggregate compared to Yanga.
Meanwhile, Rivers United’s Paul Acquah, Aubin Kramo of Asec Mimosas and Ranga Chivaviro of Marumo were the top scorers of the group phase with four goals each.
The quarter finals have been scheduled for the weekend of April 23, with the second leg planned for a week later.
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