Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

CAF Champions League: First Round Review

Posted in African Football by peterbein on April 6, 2010
Espérance ST

Tunisian champions Espérance ST are one of the sixteen teams in the second round

The first round proper of the CAF Champions League, Africa’s elite footballing competition, concluded on Monday and the sixteen teams involved in the second round draw of the tournament are now known. The next round is vitally important as the eight winners in this round will go on to compete in the important group stages whilst the eight losers will be moved on to the second African club tournament, the CAF Confederation Cup. “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” reviews the first round of the competition.

Defending champions TP Mazembe suffered a scare in the first leg of their tie against Rwandan side APR FC losing 1-0. However the Congolese turned it around in the second leg of the tie thanks to goals from Mputu Mabi and Kabanga Mulota. Record African champions Al Ahly suffered a similar scare in their first leg match against Zimbabwean side Gunners FC losing 1-0. But they, like TP Mazembe, overturned a first leg deficit with a 2-0 second leg victory thanks to goals from Ahmed Shoukry and Mohamed Samir.

Tunisian champions Espérance ST, African champions in 1994, had it much easier defeating Burkina Faso representatives ASFA Yennega 7-2 on aggregate. South African champions SuperSport United were eventually made to work for their 3-2 aggregate win over Mozambique’s Ferroviário de Maputo. Having won 3-0 at home in the first leg the South Africans took their foot off the gas and were almost made to pay for it but, thankfully for them, they managed to squeeze through in the end.

In the battle of former African champions JS Kabylie from Algeria, twice winners of this tournament, defeated 1991 winners Club Africain from Tunisia 2-1 on aggregate. After the first leg ended 1-1 it was thanks to Sid Ali Yahia-Chérif’s strike after 37 minutes of the second leg that allowed the Algerians to progress to the second round where they’ll face Angolans Atlético Petróleos who saw off the challenge from three-time African champions Raja Casablanca in their two-legged tie by two goals to one. Algeria’s second representatives in the competition ES Sétif also negotiated their way through the first round with an easy 7-0 win over Cameroon’s Union Douala and will play Zanaco FC of Zambia in the next round. Egypt and Sudan will also have two teams in the second round. Egyptians Ismaily SC will join their compatriots Al Ahly after beating US Stade Tamponnaise from the tiny island of Réunion 3-2 on aggregate whilst Sudanese clubs Al Hilal and Al Merreikh also progress thanks to aggregate victories over Africa Sports (Ivory Coast) and Gazelle FC (Chad) respectively.

SECOND ROUND DRAW (Team on left at home first)

Djoliba FC (Mali) v TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

Al Hilal Omdurman (Sudan) v Ismaily SC (Egypt)

JS Kabylie (Algeria) v Atlético Petróleos (Angola)

Espérance ST (Tunisia) v Al Merreikh (Sudan)

Dynamos (Zimbabwe) v Gaborone United (Botswana)

Ittihad (Libya) v Al Ahly (Egypt)

ES Sétif (Algeria) v Zanaco FC (Zambia)

SuperSport United (South Africa) v Heartland FC (Nigeria)

1st Leg 23-25.04.2010

2nd Leg 07-09.05.2010

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