It wasn’t easy, but both Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic advanced past the preliminary rounds in CAF Competitions this weekend.
Chiefs advanced in the CAF Champions League thanks to their 1-0 away win last week as despite only arriving in South Africa this morning, Cameroon’s PWD Bamenda held them to a goalless draw in the second leg.
Celtic needed penalties in the CAF Confederation Cup after losing 2-0 at home, with the DRC’s AS Maniema reversing the result that Celtic got away.
Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 PWD Bamenda
After postponing the game due to the visitors late arrival (the match was meant to be played on Friday evening) the second leg finally kicked off at 8pm.
While both teams battled hard, the action in the final third was limited, and bar a well saved free kick from Lebo Manyama, there weren’t too many highlights in the first half. While the opportunities were there for Chiefs, the PWD Bamenda goalkeeper wasn’t really tested.
With Chiefs holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg, they controlled the second half, and as the game wore on they began to create more chances, but couldn’t finish them off.
In the end, the draw was enough for Chiefs to progress.
Bloemfontein Celtic 0-2 AS Maniema Union
Celtic’s team selection showed they definitely had next week’s MTN8 Final in the back of their mind, and their ‘second-stringers’ almost undid the great result they got away last week, as they lost 2-0 to the Democratic Republic of Congo side at home, forcing the tie into penalties.
Fortunately for the home team, they were able to win the shoot-out 3-2, and advance to the next round of the CAF Confederations Cup.