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Tusker bow out of Caf Champions League after defeat to Zamalek

FOOTBALL By Washington Onyango | October 22nd 2021
Jackson Macharia (R) of Tusker FC contest for ball with Tarek Hamed of Zamalek FC of Egypt during their first-round Caf Champions League match at Nyayo national stadium on 16, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Local champions Tusker were on Friday night knocked out of the Caf Champions League after losing 5-0 on aggregate to Egyptian giants Zamalek SC in the second leg of the first-round match played at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Ibrahim Obama scored a brace as El-Gezeiry and Achraf Bencharki scored a goal apiece to propel the five times African champions to the group stages of the 2021-2022 Caf Champions League.

Tusker headed into the match behind last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to the Egyptian champions in Nairobi and needed a win to progress.

The defeat saw Tusker drop to the Caf Confederation Cup play-offs.

They will be grouped alongside one of the winners of the ongoing first round which will progress on Saturday.

Tusker’s last appearance in the Champions League was in 2017, where they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Mauritius’ AS Port-Louis in the preliminary round.

The previous meeting between Tusker and Zamalek in this competition was in 2005.  

The 13-time Egyptian champions won 3-1 in Cairo after losing 1-0 in Nairobi to the 12-time Kenyan champions.

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