By Uche Dozie
The 2021/2022 CAF Champions League quarterfinalists have been known after Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly in group A, Raja Casablanca and ES Setif in group B, Esperance and CR Belouizdad in C and Wydad Casablanca and Petroleos in group D all qualified.
The group leaders of group A are Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa after consolidating on their top position to win Al Merrikh in their last game by three goals to nil at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
For defending champions, Al Ahly who joined Sundowns as the second team to make the cut in group A have Hussein El Shahat’s goal to thank as it was enough for the hosts to bag the 3 points against Sudanese side, Al Hilal in their last match of the group.
Group B saw Esperance of Tunisia who had already secured qualification confirm superiority of the group after a two one win over second placed CR Belouizdad of Algeria.
Belouizdad drew the first blood following Houssem Eddine Mrezigue’s goal in the second minutes of the game before Amine Ben Hamida and Anayo Iwuala replied in quick succession in the 13th and 17th minutes to win the game for Esperance.
Just like group B, group C had a last match day fixture which was to determine who becomes the leader of the group D as Raja Casablanca of Morocco went head to head with ES Setif of Algeria.
The Moroccan representatives edged the tie via a solitary goal scored by Hadhoudi for Raja to finish with fifteen points ahead of Setif’s nine which kept them second.
In group D, Wydad Athletic Club got a comprehensive win over their group rivals, Athletico Petroleos of Angola after a five one thrashing.
The Moroccans secured top spot of the group with fifteen points, four points better than Petroleos who have eleven points.
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