Egyptian giants Zamalek, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers all booked their place in the African Confederation Cup play-offs on Sunday.
Bright Silas was the two-goal star for Nigerian club Enugu Rangers as they reached the next round of Africa’s second tier club tournament with a 2-0 home win over Algerian outfit USM Bel Abbes.
Rangers, whose only African title came 41 years ago, qualified 2-0 on aggregate having drawn 0-0 away in the first leg of the round-of-32 tie.
The Nigerians, who exited the Confederation Cup at the play-offs stage in their last three appearances, will meet a Champions League round-of-30 loser for a group-phase place.
Moroccan club Hassania Agadir scraped through 2-1 on aggregate after losing 1-0 away to Senegalese academy side Generation Foot in Dakar.
Bun Sanneh netted midway through the second half for Generation, but a second goal that would have taken the tie to a penalty shootout eluded the local team.
Cameroonian hopefuls New Star kept Libyan visitors Al Ahly Tripoli at bay with 10 men in the closing stages to force a 0-0 draw in Limbe and advance on away goals.
New Star were one of four clubs who had a player sent off on Sunday in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.
Tunisian team CS Sfaxien, winners of the Confederation Cup a record three times, were comfortable 4-2 overall winners despite losing 1-0 to Green Buffaloes in Zambia.
Mike Katiba scored the only second leg goal eight minutes from time in Lusaka after Sfaxien had a player red-carded early in the second half.
Egyptian giants Zamalek were another club to cruise into the play-offs next month despite suffering a second-leg defeat.
The Cairo outfit fell 2-0 away to Chadian opponents ASCOT in N’Djamena with Youssouf Abagana and Mahamat Ada scoring in the closing stages.
But the tie had effectively been won and lost a week ago with Zamalek establishing a 7-0 first leg advantage.
On Saturday, another Egyptian side, Al Masry, became the biggest casualties of the round, losing out to Burkina Faso’s Salitas.
The Confederation Cup play-offs draw is scheduled for 28 December in Cairo.