Democratic Republic of Congo flag-bearers Vita, one of six former champions involved in preliminary ties, survived a scare in Nigeria where they lost 2-1 to Kano Pillars but still made it through 4-3 on aggregate.
Agiti Etekiama gave visiting AS Vita an early lead, before Pillars fought back to draw level in the 66th minute through a header by Kabiru Umar.
Pillars then took the lead in the 70th minute courtesy of Abdul Haruna, but could not score another goal that would have at least taken the game to a penalty shootout.
Fellow Nigerian representative, Enyimba despite losing 1-2 in Lome against Anges De Notse advanced 4-3 on aggregate.
Ugandan champions KCC FC qualified for the first round despite losing the return leg against Sudan’s El Merriekh 1-2 at Namboole. The Lugogo based side had won the first leg 2-0 in Khartoum and thus advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
Tony Odur netted for KCC FC in the seventh minute but Ahmed Elbasha and Mohammed Traore replied for El Merriekh.
Tanzania’s Yanga were the biggest aggregate winners at the stage after humiliating Comoros Komorozine 12-2 on aggregate. The Tanzania outfit inspired by Mrisho Ngassa hat trick beat the Comoros champions 5-2 away. Hamis Kizza was also among the scorers for Yanga.
In Gabon, 10 man Kenyan champions Gor Mahia shocked home side US Bitam with 4-2 victory on penalties after losing the game 0-1 in normal time to tie 1-1 on aggregate. Gor Mahia custodian Jerim Onyango was the hero of the day saving four penalties albeit two in normal time. Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi converted his penalty in the shootout.
In Zanzibar, Ethiopia’s Dedebit narrowly survived KMKM would be sensational come back by securing a 3-2 aggregate victory. The Ethiopia champions had won the first leg in Addis 3-0 but the Zanzibar’s champions almost made a comeback but only snatched a 2-0 victory.
Burundi champions Flambeau de l’Est shocked Congo’s Diables Noirs with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Flambeau de I’Est were held to a 1-1 draw in Bujumbura but advanced thanks to their shock 0-1 win away win seven days ago.
Congo side AC Leopards came from behind to hold Rwanda’s Rayon Sports 2-2 to qualify on away goals.
An own goal by Boris Moubhio and a solo action by Cedric Amissi gave the East Africans the lead in the first half but the visitors scored in the space of three minutes before the hour mark through Cesaire Gandze and new signing Mahamane Cisse.
In Zambia, Nkana Red Devils defeated Swaziland’s Mbabane Swallows 5-2 to set up a first round clash with Uganda’s KCC FC with a 5-4 aggregate victory.
New signing Simon Bwalya scored a hat trick while talismanic striker Ronald Kampamba picked up a brace and two assists.
South African giants Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Namibian side Black Africa, but won 4-1 on aggregate.
Zimbabwean striker Kingston Nkhatha put Chiefs in the opening stages, but Black Africa winger Willy Stephanus, who has caught the eye of a number of PSL clubs in the past, leveled for the home side in the second half.
Angola’s Kabuscorp and Morocco’ Raja Casablanca qualified with ease, beating Cote d’Or of
the Seychelles 7-2 and Diamond Stars of Sierra Leone 8-1 on aggregate respectively.
Real Bamako qualified thanks to 1-1 home draw against Congo’s Diables Noirs and Morocco’s FAR Rabat, while Burkina Faso champions ASFA Yennenga won 4-2 on penalties against Senegal’s Diambars.
Cote d’Or (Seychelles) vs. Kabuscorp (Angola) 1-2 [Agg: 2-7]
Nkana (Zambia) vs. Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland) 5-2 [Agg: 5-4]
Kampala CCA (Uganda) vs. Al Merreikh (Sudan) 1-2 [Agg: 3-2]
AS Komorozine (Comoros) vs. Young Africans (Tanzania) 2-5 [Agg: 2-12]
Flambeau de l’Est (Burundi) vs. Diables Noirs (Congo) 1-1 [Agg: 2-1]
Rayon Sports (Rwanda) vs. AC Leopards (Congo) 2-2 [Agg: 2-2 | AC Leopards advanced on away goals rule]
Kano Pillars (Nigeria) vs. Vita Club (DR Congo) 2-1 [Agg: 3-4]
ASFA Yennenga (Burkina Faso) vs. Diambars (Senegal) 1-0 [Agg: 1-1 | ASFA Yennenga won 4-2 on penalties]
Real Bamako (Mali) vs. FAR Rabat (Morocco) 1-1 [Agg: 3-3 | Real Bamako advanced on away goals rule]
Diamond Stars (Sierra Leone) vs. Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 1-2 [Agg: 1-8]
Black Africa (Namibia) vs. Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) 1-1 [Agg: 1-4]
US Bitam (Gabon) Vs Gor Mahia FC (Kenya) 1-0 [Agg: 1-1] Gor Mahia won 4-2 on penalties.
Foullah Edifice (Chad) Vs Ahli Benghazi (Libya) 2-0 [Agg: 2-4]
Horoya (Guinea) Vs FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania) 3-0 [Agg: 4-1]
Stade Malien (Mali) Vs SC Praia Cruz (Sao Tome & Principe) (2-3)
CNaPS Sport (Madagascar) Vs Liga Muculmana (Mozambique) 0-0 [Agg: 0-1]
Lioli (Lesotho) Vs Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) 2-1 [2-3]
BYC (Liberia) Vs Asante Kotoko (Ghana) 1-0 [Agg: 2-2] BYC advanced on away goals rule
Mochudi Chiefs (Botswana) Vs Dynamos (Zimbabwe) 1-1 [Agg: 1-4]
Akonangui (E. Guinea) Vs Astres Douala (Cameroon) (0-3)
Atlabara (South Sudan) Vs (Berekum Chelsea (Ghana) [Agg: 2-2] Berekum Chelsea won 3-0 on penalties
KMKM (Zanzibar) Vs Dedebit (Ethiopia) 2-0 [Agg: 2-3]
Anges de Notse (Togo) Vs Enyimba (Nigeria) 2-1 [Agg: 3-4)
AS Doaunes (Niger) Vs Zamalek (Egypt) 0-1 [Agg: 0-3]