Kaizer Chiefs joined their PSL rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the Caf Champions League quarter-finals after drawing 2-2 with Horoya AC in a Group C match on Saturday night.
Goals from Daniel Cardoso and Khama Billiat earned Amakhosi a draw against HAC, who netted through Yakhouba Barry and Sekou Camara at Stade General Lansana Conte in Conakry.
Amakhosi had to secure a win over Horoya or any scoring draw in order to qualify for the quarter-finals. They were undefeated in six matches across all competitions.
Njabulo Blom and Khama Billiat were recalled to the starting line-up by coach Gavin Hunt, who made two changes to the team which faced Stellenbosch FC in midweek.
On the other hand, Horoya were in need of either a goalless draw or a win in order to qualify for the quarter-finals having claimed a 1-0 win over Angolan side Petro de Luanda in their previous Group C game.
Sekou Camara, who scored the only goal of the match against Petro, kept his place in the starting line-up as coach Lamine N’Diaye looked to mastermind a victory over Chiefs.
Horoya started the match brightly as they pressed Chiefs, who defended too deep in the opening proceedings and Itumeleng Khune became the busier of the two goalkeepers.
The Bafana Bafana international did well to come out and block a shot from Barry, before gathering a long-range attempt from Sekou Camara with ease.
The likes of Billiat and Bernard Parker were left frustrated upfront as there was no service for the Chiefs forwards with Horoya having cut off the supply from midfielders Lebogang Manyama and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.
Khune continued to keep Horoya at bay as he made two good saves to deny Bornface Haba and Barry, but the 33-year-old shot-stopper was finally beaten on the stroke of half-time.
Barry got the goal he had been looking for as the towering centre forward scored with a header from Seye Baffour’s corner-kick to hand Horoya a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
Lazarous Kambole replaced Happy Mashiane, who had a quiet first-half down the left flank, prior to the start of the second-half and Chiefs played much better as they were able to create chances.
The Glamour Boys were awarded a penalty after HAC defender Oula Traore was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.
Daniel Cardoso then stepped up and beat Horoya’s Ugandan goalkeeper Robert Odongokara from the spot-kick to make it 1-1 with 23 minutes left on the clock.
However, parity was only restored for two minutes as the hosts restored their lead through Sekou Camara, who beat Khune with a decent finish to make it 2-1 to Horoya.
It was end-to-end stuff in the closing proceedings and Billiat hit the back of the net to level matters at 2-2 after being set-up by second-half substitute Dumisani Zuma.
hiefs then contained Horoya in the closing stages of the game with Khune producing a fantastic save to deny Barry in stoppage time and ultimately, the game ended in a 2-2 draw on the night
The result saw Chiefs advance to the quarter-finals after finishing second on the Group C standings due to a head-to-head advantage over Horoya, who slipped down to third spot to be eliminated from the tournament.
Amakhosi will now turn their attention to their PSL campaign as they are scheduled to face Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on April 15.