Captain Gasmi gives Algerian club dramatic CAF Cup victory
Captain Ahmed Gasmi scored six minutes into stoppage time to snatch a CAF Confederation Cup play-off place for NA Hussein Dey of Algeria on Saturday at the expense of Zambian club Green Eagles.
Hussein Dey, competing in the second-tier African club competition for the first time since 2006, won 2-1 in Algiers to qualify after a goalless round-of-32 first leg last weekend.
Collins Mulenga had given Eagles, playing in Africa for the first time this year, an early lead that Gasmi cancelled before half-time by converting a penalty.
Hussein Dey were the most dramatic overall winners on a day when eight other clubs also secured places in the December 28 play-offs draw.
Asante Kotoko of Ghana, who have the unwanted record of seven losses in nine CAF finals, edged Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya 2-1 in Kumasi after the first leg ended goalless.
Fatawu Safiu put Kotoko ahead and Patilah Omoto levelled for Sharks with a thunderbolt before Amos Frimpong converted a 40th-minute penalty for the local club that settled the tie.
Salitas, who recently completed their first season in the Burkina Faso first division, followed up a shock 2-0 away win over Al Masry of Egypt by drawing 0-0 in Ouagadougou.
The goalless second leg sufficed to send the Burkinabe outfit into the play-offs and eliminate Masry, who were Confederation Cup semi-finalists last season.
Renaissance Berkane and trophy-holders Raja Casablanca of Morocco, South African side Kaizer Chiefs, Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda, Rwandan club Mukura Victory and San Pedro of the Ivory Coast also qualified.
A further five second legs are scheduled for Sunday.