Sports News of Mon, 20 Mar 20170
Ghanaian players with TP Mazembe fail to reach Champions League group stage
Solomon Asante and Daniel Nii Adjei’s TP Mazembe agonizingly suffered a shock elimination from this year’s African Champions League following their 0-0 draw with Zimbabwean side CAPS United in Harare.
Mazembe were under pressure after being held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last-32 tie at home in Lubumbashi last weekend
The away-goal proved to be crucial for CAPS United who withstood the pressure from Mazembe in the second leg in Harare, earning a 0-0 draw.
Mazembe, won the African Champions League in 2015, were left frustrated by the Zimbabwean underdogs on Sunday in their search for a goal.
As in the first leg in Lubumbashi, CAPS United's goalkeeper, Edmore Sibanda, stood firm to deny the DR Congo giants a chance to score.
It means Mazembe now drop into the African Confederation Cup play-off round, where they will look to defend the title they won in 2016.
The result is a huge accomplishment for CAPS United of Zimbabwe who have returned to the African Champions League after an 11-year absence.
They will now enter the group phase of the tournament which has been expanded from eight to 16 clubs.
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