SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
The 2021 CAF Champions League group stages have officially concluded with match day six that saw Zamalek SC miss out on a quarter final slot after finishing third in Group D.
Coming into the last game, Zamalek needed a win and hoped MC Alger would lose to Esperance in Tunisia in a game that instead ended 1-1.
Zamalek, who were also last season’s losing finalists, beat Senegalese champions Teungueth FC 4-1 in their game in Cairo.
The results implied that the five time African champions finished on eight points, one behind MC Alger while Esperance won the group with 11 points.
Zamalek joined fellow five time champions TP Mazembe as other former winners who did not go past the group stage hurdle.
In the other games played, Kaizer Chiefs needed to secure a 2-2 draw in Guinea against Horoya to book a place in the quarter finals.
Khama Billiat scored a late equalizer against Robert Odongkara’s side and ensured the Amakhosi qualified courtesy of a better head to head record since both teams were tied on nine points.
The quarter final list consists of current holders and record champions Al Ahly, Mamelodi Sundowns, Wydad Casablanca, MC Alger and Esperance de Tunis as the only former champions.
Tanzania’s Simba SC won Group A ahead of Al Ahly, AS Vita Club and Sudan’s El Merreikh.
Full list of quarter finalists
• Simba SC (Tanzania)
• Al Ahly (Egypt)
• Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
• CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
• Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)
• Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa)
• Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia)
• MC Alger (Algeria)