Bright stars as Rangers reach CAF Confed playoffs

Bright Silas was the two-goal star for Nigerian club Enugu Rangers as they reached the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs Sunday with a 2-0 home win over Algerian outfit USM Bel Abbes.

Silas raised his goal tally in the second-tier African competition this season to three by scoring early and late in the first half in Enugu.


Rangers, whose lone CAF title came 41 years ago, qualified 2-0 on aggregate having drawn 0-0 away last weekend in the first leg of the round-of-32 tie.

The Nigerians, who exited the Confederation Cup at the playoffs stage in their last three appearances, will meet a CAF Champions League round-of-30 loser for a group-phase place.

Moroccan club Hassania Agadir scraped through 2-1 on aggregate after losing 1-0 away to Senegalese academy side Generation Foot in Dakar.

Bun Sanneh netted midway through the second half for Generation, but a second goal that would have taken the tie to a penalty shootout eluded the local team.

Cameroonian hopefuls New Star kept Libyan visitors Al Ahly Tripoli at bay with 10 men in the closing stages to force a 0-0 draw in Limbe and advance on away goals.

New Star were one of four clubs who had a player sent off Sunday in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

Tunisian team CS Sfaxien, winners of the Confederation Cup a record three times, were comfortable 4-2 overall winners despite losing 1-0 to Green Buffaloes in Zambia.


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