Egypt's Maqassa advance in Confederation Cup, ENPPI eliminated on penalties

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Apr 2016

File photo of Egypt's Maqassa (Ahram)

Egypt's Maqassa needed a late goal from Mohamed Gaber to advance to the African Confederation Cup playoff on their debut appearance but compatriots ENPPI waved goodbye to the competition after a penalty shootout loss.

Maqassa, trailing 1-0 from the first leg against Algeria's Club Sportif Constantine, leveled the aggregate score when Ghanaian striker Nana Poku headed into an empty net after 13 minutes.

Gaber put them ahead five minutes after restart when he latched onto a superb pass to fire home at the near post but Constantine netted in the 76th minute to gain advantage on the away goal rule.

However, Gaber scored again with seven minutes remaining to give the hosts a precious win on their maiden appearance in Africa's second-tier club competition.

ENPPI were not as lucky, losing 5-4 on penalties after beating Gabon's Mounana 2-0, thanks to a brace from Wael Farrag on 31 and 82 minutes.

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