Chirambo death overshadows Big Bullets exit

Al Hilal knocked Big Bullets out of the CAF Champions League just hours after the Malawi champion's defender Douglas Chirambo passed away.

Chirambo reportedly died of a brain tumour after a long illness, but the second leg at home to Al Hilal went ahead as scheduled and ended in a 1-1 draw - with the Sudan side going through 5-1 on aggregate.

A 4-0 defeat in Khartoum ensured Al Hilal was all but assured a place in the next round and it finished off the job, with Frank Boubacar equalising for the visitor just two minutes after James Chilapondwa had opening the scoring with a 74th-minute penalty.

Last year's beaten semi-finalist TP Mazembe overcame a first-leg deficit to beat Mamelodi Sundows and progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Sundowns led 1-0 after the first leg in Tshwane, but TP Mazembe mounted a fightback with goals from Rainford Kalaba, Mbwana Samata and Roger Assale ensuring that Percy Tau's late strike was in vain.

CS Sfaxien also lost in the semi-final last season and it remains on course to make up for that disappointment after securing a 1-0 win over Semassi to saunter through 6-0 on aggregate.

Marius Noubissi scored the only goal of the second leg of a contest which was effectively settled last month when the Tunisian side dished out a 5-0 first-leg hammering.

Kaloum Star is also through after beating ZESCO of Zimbabwe 5-4 on penalties after the two sides were locked at 2-2 on aggregate after extra-time.

Kingsley Sokari's red card cost Enyimba, as Egyptian outfit Smouha scored twice in the last seven minutes to win 2-0 and advance 2-1 on aggregate.

Raja CasablancaLeopardEsperance TunisSanga Balende and Eulma also progressed.

Source Omnisport