There were mixed results for COSAFA sides competing in African club competition this past weekend with some coming to the end of the road for the 2018/19 campaign.
South African sides Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates both registered wins in the CAF Champions League to keep their quarterfinal hopes on track.
Sundowns edged 2017 continental champions Wydad Casablanca 2-1 in Pretoria thanks to a brace from Themba Zwane, while Pirates were comfortable 3-0 victors over Horoya from Guinea as Zambian forward Justin Shonga bagged a brace.
It was not such a good weekend for Zimbabwean side FC Platinum as the went down 2-0 at holders Esperance.
Zambian side Zesco United pulled off an excellent 2-1 away victory at Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa in the CAF Confederation Cup to claim the tie 5-2 on aggregate and advance to the pool stages of that competition.
Another Zambian side, Nkana FC, also claimed a group stage place as they played to a 0-0 draw away at San Pedro in the Ivory Coast to win the tie 3-0.
Angolan outfit Petro Atletico also won through as they beat Stade Malien 2-1 at home to win their tie 3-2 on aggregate.
Two more COSAFA sides did not make the pool stages as African Stars from Namibia were edged 2-1 on aggregate by holders Raja Casablanca, while Lesotho side Bantu FC lost 4-2 on aggregate to Enugu Rangers from Nigeria.
The next round of pool games in the Champions League will be played the weekend of February 1-2, while the pool stage of the Confederation Cup kicks-off on February 3.