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Football: Zamalek give Nkana five-goal hiding

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Egyptians Zamalek gave Zambians Nkana a 5-0 hiding at the weekend to storm into the CAF Champions League group stage.

Mesmerising penalty-area passing created four of the goals for the 'White Knights' at a spectator-less Air Defence Stadium in Cairo.

The other goal came direct from a free-kick as five-time African champions Zamalek maintained a three-decade dominance over Nkana.

It was the fifth time the clubs have clashed in the premier CAF club competition and the fifth time the Egyptian have emerged aggregate winners.

Zamalek qualified 5-0 overall after the first leg of the last-16 clash ended goalless on the Zambian Copperbelt last weekend.

Other former title-holders who will go into the April 29 mini-league draw are Democratic Republic of Congo duo TP Mazembe and Vita, Tunisians Esperance and Algerians Entente Setif.

Libyans Al-Ahly Benghazi, who eliminated defending champions Al-Ahly of Egypt Saturday, Tunisians CS Sfaxien and Sudanese Al-Hilal complete the lineup.

Zamalek, forced to play behind closed doors because of recent clashes between their supporters and police, led 2-0 at half-time.

A third goal just after the break settled the outcome and from then on it was a matter of how wide the victory margin would be.

Ahmed Tawfik, Momen Zakariya, Omar Gaber, Hazem Emam and Ahmed Gaafar scored for the club whose last Champions League title came 12 years ago.

Young coach Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam will be particularly happy with five goals in 90 minutes after five previous matches yielded four goals.

Veteran goalkeeper Abdel Wahed El-Sayed has not conceded a goal in six games against Nigeriens Douanes, Angolans Kabuscorp and Nkana.

Esperance, winners once and runners-up twice in the last four editions of the Champions League, triumphed 3-0 against Malian visitors Real Bamako.

Haythem Jouini opened the scoring in Tunis with his sixth goal of the campaign, making him the joint leading scorer with Tanzanian Mrisho Ngasa.

Iheb Msakni and Ghanaian Harrison Afful were on target during the second half for the 'Blood and Gold', who forced a 1-1 draw in Bamako last weekend.

The Malian outfit upset two former champions, Moroccans FAR Rabat and Nigerians Enyimba, in previous rounds.

El Hadi Belameiri notched an early goal to give Setif a surprise 1-0 win at 2013 semi-finalists Coton Sport in northern Cameroon city Garoua.

The match-winner also scored the lone first-leg goal as the Algerians exacted revenge for a last-16 defeat by Coton three years ago.

Hilal squeezed through on away goals after being held 0-0 by Congo Brazzaville visitors AC Leopards in sauna-like Omdurman.

Leopards, who last year became the first Congolese qualifiers for the group phase, had Gabonese striker Romaric Rogombe red carded 15 minutes from time.

Mini-league matches kick off in mid-May and conclude in late August with group winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals.

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