Big guns end CCL group stage campaign with wins

Big guns end CCL group stage campaign with wins
Anayo Emmanuel Iwuala of Esperance celebrates goal during the 2021/22 CAF Champions League football match between Esperance and CR Belouizdad at Rades Stadium, Tunis, Tunisia on 02 April 2022 ©Mehrez Ben Abdallah/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Apr 03, 2022. 12:00

Mamelodi Sundowns, Esperance de Tunis and Wydad Casablanca ended their successful 2021-22 CAF Champions League group stage campaigns with wins on Saturday.

Sundowns, who won this tournament in 2016, continued their dominance in Group A when they thrashed a hapless Al Merrikh side 3-0 at the FNB Stadium in South Africa.

George Maluleka, Bradley Ralani and Kermit Erasmus all scored for the South African champions, who came into this match having already won the group with a game to spare.

While Al Merrikh ended a disappointing group stage campaign with a loss with the Sudanese giants having recorded just one win from six games and they finished bottom of the group.

Having already booked their spot in the quarter-finals, Esperance secured a 2-1 win over Algeria’s CR Belouizdad in a Group C encounter at the Stade Hammadi Agrebi in Tunisia.

Mohamed Ben Hamida and Anayo Emmanuel Iwuala scored for the Tunisian giants who came from behind to secure a win after Joussem Eddine Mrezugue had handed Belouizdad the lead.

Therefore, Esperance finished at the top of Group C standings three points clear of runners-up Belouizdad, who also advance to the knockout phase of Africa’s premier club football tournament.

Last like Esperance, Wydad had already secured their place in the knockout phase when they faced Angola’s Petro de Luanda and they claimed a 5-1 win at the Stade Mohamed V in Morocco.

The Moroccan champions’ five goals were netted by Juvhel Tsoumou, Achraf Dari, Zouhair El Moutaraji (brace) and Muaid Ellafi, while Pedro Pinto scored for Petro.

As a result, Wydad finished four points clear of runners-up Petro as both teams progressed to the quarter-finals after dominating Group

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