Zamalek progress after penalty shootout drama

April 6, 2008

JOHANNESBURG, April 6 (Reuters) - Five-time winners Zamalek of Egypt needed a penalty shootout to progress to the third round of the African Champions League, edging past Africa Sports of the Ivory Coast in the second round in Abidjan on Sunday.

The Cairo club lost the second leg tie 2-0, forcing the match to penalties but managed to stave off a surprise early elimination with a 5-4 win in the subsequent shootout.

Jean-Michel Sery netted two penalties during the match to give Africa Sports the home win and even up the aggregate score after Zamalek had won the first leg in Cairo 2-0 a fortnight ago.

But team mate Peter Tayoro missed a vital kick in the shootout to hand Zamalek a third-round place.

Angola's InterClube also narrowly avoided an embarrassing exit as midfielder Minguito conjured up a last-minute win to give them a 1-0 win over minnows Sporting Praia from the Cape Verde Islands.

The second leg win in Luanda allowed the Angolan champions to progress on the away goals rule and end the fairytale run of Sporting, who had knocked Morocco's Royal Armed Forces in the first round.

InterClube had earlier squandered a penalty while Sporting had a second-half strike ruled offside.

Luyeye Mvete handed TP Mazembe Englebert, three-time winners of the Champions League, a precious 1-0 away win over FC105 Libreville of Gabon to see the Congolese side go through 2-1 on aggregate.

In Dar-es-Salaam, Enyimba of Nigeria beat their Tanzania hosts Simba 3-1 for a comfortable 7-1 aggregate triumph, including another goal for Stephen Worgu, who has now netted eight in four Champions League matches this year.