Two teams from the COSAFA region continue to fly the flag in CAF club action this season after making it to the semifinals of their respective competitions.
Angolan outfit Petro Atletico stunned South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns to claim a deserved 3-2 aggregate victory in their CAF Champions League quarterfinal.
Petro led 2-1 from the first leg in Luanda, but Sundowns, who had earlier missed a penalty, levelled it up when Brian Onyango gave them the lead at FNB Stadium.
But Petro were not to be denied as they scored with a penalty of their own from Tiago Azulao to level the game. They managed to hold on to the end and the 1-1 draw was enough to send them through.
Orlando Pirates faced a similarly tense clash in their CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal against Simba SC from Tanzania.
Simba held a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, but Pirates levelled matters at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday when their Ghanian forward Kwame Peprah scored.
The Buccaneers were denied a late penalty shout, and the game went to post-match spot-kicks, where their goalkeeper Richard Ofori proved the hero.
He both saved in the shoot-out and then stepped up to score the winning kick in front of a delirious home crowd.
Petro will now take on Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca in the semifinals of the Champions League, while Pirates face Libyan outfit Al Ahli Tripoli in the Confederation Cup.