Cape Town - Cape Town City's CAF
Confederation Cup adventure ended at the first round after they lost 2-1 (2-2
on aggregate) to Costa do Sol in the second leg at Athlone Stadium on Sunday.
Benni McCarthy's side secured a valuable
1-0 win in the first leg in Mozambique earlier this month, but their advantage
was quickly cancelled out with a third-minute goal from Terrence Tisdell.
Zukile Kewuti responded for City in the
15th minute to put them back in the driving seat, only to crash out of the
competition on away goals after Kino scored a late winner for the Canarinhos.
City's good work in Maputo was quickly
undone when they conceded a penalty after just three minutes. Tisdell struck
the frame of the goal from 12 yards out but followed up to slot past Shu-aib
The hosts were back in the contest just 13
minutes later, however, when Thabo Nodada did well in the final third to set up
Kewuti, who fired into the back of the net to restore parity.
They went in search of more goals but only
managed to penetrate the visiting defence once before half-time, with Nodada
slipping at a crucial moment after being sent clear in the 40th minute and only
having the keeper to beat.
The Citizens were finding it equally hard
to break down the opposition in the second half and resorted to sitting deep in
the closing stages to see out the game.
It proved costly as the Maputo outfit went
back in front with eight minutes remaining. Kino rose highest at a corner to
steer a header beyond Walters to level the tie at 2-2.
McCarthy's men threw bodies forward in a
desperate attempt to snatch a late equaliser, but Costa do Sol survived five
minutes of stoppage time to reach the play-off round.