Enyimba sink again as Zamalek qualify

Zamalek striker Basem Morsy was again responsible for the downfall of Nigeria’s Enyimba as his goal sealed a 1-0 win to hand the Cairo giants a CAF Champions League semi-finals place.

File: Enyimba
File: Enyimba

The 24-year-old converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded for hand-ball at the Petro Sport Stadium late Monday in a Group B matchday 5 showdown.

Morsy also scored when Zamalek won 1-0 at Enyimba two months ago in the first mini-league round of the premier African club football competition.

Victory lifted the Egyptian White Knights to six points, three less than group winners Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and six more than eliminated Enyimba.

The section was reduced to three clubs after Entente Setif of Algeria were disqualified for a pitch invasion by supporters frustrated at the team trailing 2-0 against Sundowns.

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, who hold a two-point lead, and Zesco United of Zambia have qualified from Group A and meet on August 24 to decide who tops the final standings.

Zamalek have been African champions five times and Wydad once, Sundowns were runners-up once and Zesco have reached the semi-finals for the first time.

North African clubs have won 28 of the 51 Champions League competitions while only one from the south, Orlando Pirates of South Africa, have lifted the trophy.

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