Joseph Ochaya’s TP Mazembe stormed this year’s Caf Champions League semifinals in style after edging Tanzanian giants Simba Sports Club in a quarterfinal game played on Saturday in Lubumbashi.
Emmanuel Okwi put the visitors into the lead only two minutes after kick off but this was not enough to counter the Congolese giants who were raring to go.
The five times champions responded in equal measure when Kabaso Chongo levelled matters in the 23rd minute.
The Lubumbashi kings continued with their fine form scoring three more times through Elia Meschak, Tresor Mputu and Jackson Muleka to cause a nightmare for Simba as the game ended 4-1.
TP mazembe became the first team to storm this year’s Caf Champions League semifinals.
Onyango too good
In Egypt, last year’s finalists Al Ahly bowed out of this year’s edition, thanks to Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
Onyango made a number of great saves as the Pharaohs tried to overturn the five goal deficit they suffered in South Africa.
Moroccan international Walid Azaro scored Ahly’s only goal in the 68th minute but his strike was not enough to stop the Brazilians who were not ready to let go of their five goal lead.
The game in Alexandria ended one nil in favour of the hosts but Sundowns went through to the semis on a 5-1 aggregate as the record champions bowed out in front of their 30,000 fans who had come to witness a comeback that never happened.
Tunisia’s Esperance are the defending champions after beating Al Ahly in finals last year.
Caf Champions League quarterfinals
Al Ahly 1- 0 Mamelodi Sundowns (Agg 1-5)
TP Mazembe 4- 1 Simba SC (Agg 4-1)