Caf CC: Medeama 2-0 El Ahly Shandi (Agg 2-0): Yellow and Mauves progress

Medeama confirmed their place in the next phase of the Caf Confederations Cup with a 2-0 triumph over Sudanese side El Ahly Shandi in the second round second leg fixture on Wednesday.

Kwame Boahen and Abass Mohammed scored two first-half goals at the Sekondi-Essipong Sports Stadium to give the Ghanaians passage to the playoff round.

Coach Tom Strand made just one change to the set-up that started the scoreless draw in the first leg fixture, with Enoch Atta Agyei taking the place of Eric Kwakwa.

The Yellow and Mauve qualified to the second round with a 2-1 aggregate defeat of Libyan side Al Ittihad, while El Shandi progressed courtesy of the away goals rule following a 2-2 draw with Congolese outfit Saint Eloi Lupopo after two legs.

Medeama started the game on the front foot and came close to opening the scoring in the 16th minute but Enoch Atta Agyei blasted his effort wide.

The Tarkwa-based side would, however, not be denied on the second time of asking, as Kwame Boahene hit the back net to give the Ghanaians the lead on 25 minutes.

It took only three minutes for the home side to add another goal through Abass Mohammed, who expertly drove home a free-kick from 25 yards.

Medeama goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe was then called into action in the 34th minute after the Yellow and Mauves appeared to have taken their feet of the pedal, before Kwesi Donsu unsuccessfully tried his luck from another free kick in the search for a third goal.

Back from recess, Strand’s charges went knocking again, but Boahene’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Agyei, Donsu and Samuel Bio all fluffed scoring chances later on, but their side’s two first-half goals were enough to sail them to a 2-0 victory.

The Yellow and Mauves will be joined by seven other clubs from the second round as well as the eight losers from the Caf Champions League second round for the playoff stage.

Medeama similarly reached the playoff round in 2014 before falling to AC Leopards of Congo on penalties following a 2-2 aggregate.

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