LPRC Oilers’ journey in the 2021 CAF Champions League ended on Saturday after falling 2-0 (4-0 aggregate) to Raja Athletic Club at the Stade Mohammed V in the second-leg of the competition’s second preliminary round.
Two first-half goals from Mahmoud Benhalib and Oussama Soukhane helped the Moroccans to complete the 4-0 aggregate win that saw them progress to the group stage of the continental club competition for the eight time in history.
Benhalib scored the opener seven minutes on the clock after he was perfectly connected by his teammate in the penalty area before firing home his left foot strike that was poorly anticipated by goalkeeper Eshaka Jalloh.
Raja made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute when Soukhane capitalized on the Oilers’ defensive error. Oilers lost 2-0 in the first-leg and were hopeful of making a comeback, but did not materialize.
After dropping out of the second preliminary of the CAF Champions League, one of 16 losers, Oilers have been placed in the playoffs of Africa's secondary club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup. Oilers along with 15 other losers from the champions league second preliminary round, will join 16 winners from the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary round.