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Sports News of Monday, 20 March 2017

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Ghanaian players with TP Mazembe fail to reach Champions League group stage

Solomon Asante and Daniel Nii Adjei

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.