Sundowns, Wits Caf fate decided

Pitso Mosimane shows thye Caf trophy during the Mamelodi Sundowns arrival and press conference at OR Tambo International Airport on October 26, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits will have to see off the reigning champions of Rwanda and Angola respectively if they are to make it into the group stages of the 2018 Caf Champions League.

Gavin Hunt’s Wits made it into the final qualifying round for the group stages on Wednesday, despite losing 1-0 at Pamplemousses SC of Mauritius, a 2-0 home win enough to go through.

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They will now play Angolan champions Primeiro de Agosto, who on Wednesday completed a 4-1 aggregate win over Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum with a 1-1 draw away from home.

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Sundowns got a bye in the preliminary round, and will now play Rayon Sports FC of Rwanda, who won 1-0 at Burundi’s Lydia Ludic Academic on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Rayon have never been to the group stages.

In the 2018 Caf Confederation Cup, meanwhile, Cape Town City’s win over Young Buffaloes of Swaziland in midweek has set up a meeting in the next qualifying round with Costa Do Sol of Mozambique. Costa Do Sol beat Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana 2-0 on aggregate.

SuperSport United, meanwhile, last year’s finalists, had a bye in the last round and will now take on Petro de Luanda of Angola, who thrashed Malawi’s Masters Security 5-0 on aggregate.

All four SA sides are away in their first legs, set for March 6-7, with the home second legs on the weekend of March 16-18.

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