2011 CAF Champions League qualifying rounds

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This page provides the summaries of the matches of the qualifying rounds for the group stage of the 2011 CAF Champions League.

The schedule for the tournament was released in October 2010,[1] and the draw for all three rounds was held in Cairo on 20 December 2010.[2]

Qualification ties were decided over two legs, with aggregate goals used to determine the winner. If the sides were level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule applied, and if still level, the tie proceeded directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time is played).[3]

Preliminary round[edit]

This was a knock-out stage of the 46 teams that did not receive byes to the first round.

First legs: 28–30 January 2011; Second legs: 11–13, 25–27 February and 4–6 March 2011.[4]


JC Abidjan won 3–0 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Enyimba won 3–0 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


30 January 2011
14:00 UTC+01:00
US Bitam Gabon 0 – 0 Cameroon Les Astres
5 March 2011
15:00 UTC+01:00
Les Astres Cameroon 0 – 0 Gabon US Bitam
  Penalties  
3 – 5

Aggregate 0–0. US Bitam won the penalty shootout and advanced to the first round.


MC Alger won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Inter Luanda advanced to the first round after Township Rollers withdrew.


Djoliba won 4–0 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Diaraf won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


12 February 2011
15:30 UTC+01:00
Deportivo Mongomo Equatorial Guinea 1 – 1 Benin ASPAC
Junior Goal 13' William Dassagaté Goal 37'

ASPAC won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


ASEC Mimosas won 9–0 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Aggregate 1–1. Motor Action won the penalty shootout and advanced to the first round.


Raja Casablanca advanced to the first round after Tourbillon withdrew after the first leg.


Zamalek won 5–0 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Club Africain won 6–2 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Recreativo Caála won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


29 January 2011
15:00 UTC+03:00
Élan Club Comoros 0 – 0 Tanzania Simba

Simba won 4–2 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Kano Pillars won 3–1 on aggregate and advance to the first round.


Wydad Casablanca won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


ASFA Yennenga won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Aggregate 3–3. Coton Sport advanced on the away goals rule to the first round.


AS Vita Club won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Supersport United won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


Young Buffaloes won 4–2 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.


ZESCO United won 4–2 on aggregate and advanced to the first round.

First round[edit]

This was a knock-out stage of 32 teams; the 23 teams advancing from the preliminary round, and 9 teams that received byes into this round.

First legs: 18–20 March 2011; Second legs: 1–3 April 2011.


Al-Ittihad advanced to the second round after JC Abidjan withdrew. Tie was scheduled to be played over one leg at a neutral venue (at Bamako, Mali on 3 April 2011) due to the political situations in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya,[7] but match did not take place.


20 March 2011
14:00 UTC+01:00
US Bitam Gabon 0 – 0 Nigeria Enyimba

Enyimba won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Aggregate 4–4. MC Alger advanced on the away goals rule to the second round.


Aggregate 2–2. Inter Luanda won on penalties and advanced to the second round.


20 March 2011
17:00 UTC±00:00
Diaraf Senegal 3 – 0 Mali Djoliba
Djibril Sidibé Goal 7'69'
Ibrahima N'Doye Goal 42'

Diaraf won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


19 March 2011
16:00 UTC+01:00
Espérance ST Tunisia 5 – 0 Benin ASPAC
Youssef Msakni Goal 8'15'
Dramane Traoré Goal 12'
Singbo Maxim Goal 25' (o.g.)
Oussama Darragi Goal 32'

Espérance ST won 5–2 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


19 March 2011
15:00 UTC+02:00
Motor Action Zimbabwe 0 – 0 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas
  Penalties  
2 – 4

ASEC Mimosas won on penalties and advanced to the second round. Tie played over one leg due to the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire.[7]


Aggregate 2–2. Raja Casablanca advanced on the away goals rule to the second round.


Second leg abandoned on 90+5 minutes with Zamalek leading 2–1 (Club Africain leading 5–4 on aggregate) when Zamalek fans invaded the pitch.[8] Club Africain advanced to the second round.


20 March 2011
20:00 UTC+03:00
Al-Hilal Sudan 3 – 0 Angola Recreativo Caála
Osama Ali Goal 22'
Mudathir Eltaib Goal 55'80'

Al-Hilal won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


TP Mazembe won 6–3 on aggregate and advanced to the second round, but were later disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. As a result, Simba played against Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, which lost to TP Mazembe in the second round, in a play-off for a place in the group stage.


Wydad Casablanca won 2–0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


ES Sétif won 6–3 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Coton Sport won 3–0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Al-Ahly won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


ZESCO United won 7–0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

Second round[edit]

This was a knock-out stage of the 16 teams that advanced from the first round; winners advanced to the group stage, with the losers advancing to the Confederation Cup play-off round.[3]

First legs: 22–24 April 2011; Second legs 7–8 May 2011.


8 May 2011
16:00 UTC+01:00
Enyimba Nigeria 1 – 0 Libya Al-Ittihad
Victor Barnabas Goal 66' (pen.) Report
Enyimba International Stadium, Aba
Referee: Gassama Bakary, Gambia

Enyimba advanced to the group stage. Al-Ittihad advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round. Tie played over one leg due to the political situation in Libya.[9]


23 April 2011
16:00 UTC+01:00
Inter Luanda Angola 1 – 1 Algeria MC Alger
Pedro Henriques Goal 9' Report Zinedine Bensalem Goal 90+3'
Estádio Joaquim Dinis, Luanda
Attendance: 10,000

MC Alger won 4–3 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage. Inter Luanda advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round.


Espérance ST won 6–0 and advanced to the group stage. Diaraf advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round.


Raja Casablanca won on penalties and advanced to the group stage. ASEC Mimosas advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round. Tie played over one leg due to the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire.[9]


7 May 2011
17:00 UTC+01:00
Club Africain Tunisia Match abandoned Sudan Al-Hilal
Khaled Melliti Goal 71' Edward Sadomba Goal 18'

Second leg abandoned on 81 minutes with the score at 1–1 (Al-Hilal leading 2–1 on aggregate) when Club Africain fans invaded the pitch.[10] Al-Hilal advanced to the group stage. Club Africain advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round.


23 April 2011
19:30 UTC+01:00
Wydad Casablanca Morocco 1 – 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
Mustapha Allaoui Goal 16' Report
Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca
Attendance: 60,000

TP Mazembe won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage, but were later disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the first round. As a result, Wydad Casablanca played against Tanzanian side Simba, which lost to TP Mazembe in the first round, in a play-off for a place in the group stage.


Coton Sport won 4–3 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage. ES Sétif advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round.

Note: First leg postponed following a request from Coton Sport who had four players in the Cameroon U-20 team playing in the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa.[9]


Al-Ahly won 1–0 on aggregate and advanced to the group stage. ZESCO United advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round.

Special play-off[edit]

On 14 May 2011, the CAF announced that TP Mazembe from Congo DR were disqualified from the Champions League group stage following a complaint about the eligibility of TP Mazembe's player Janvier Besala Bokungu from Tanzanian side Simba, which lost to them in the first round. As a result, the Organising Committee decided that a replacement for the group stage would be determined by a play-off match at a neutral venue, between Simba and Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca, which lost to TP Mazembe in the second round.[11][12]

Wydad Casablanca advanced to the group stage. Simba advanced to the Confederation Cup play-off round.

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