Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

CAF: First legs could prove decisive in African club competitions

Posted in African Football by peterbein on April 26, 2010
ES Sétif

Algerians ES Sétif were amongst the winners in the CAF Champions League 2nd round, 1st leg

The second round of the two major African club tournaments began this weekend with the first leg of each tie played from Friday to Sunday. In both competitions there was a winner in all but one match so a number of the clubs participating in Africa’s club competitions can fancy their chances of further progress. The winners of each two-legged tie in the African Champions League will go forward to the group stage whilst the eight losers will join the remaining eight teams in the CAF Confederation Cup to play another knockout round in that competition before that descends into its group phase section. “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” reviews the events over the last three days:

ST Espérance got off to a great start in their second round match against Al-Merreikh of Sudan on Friday going into the half-time break with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Michael Eneramo, Aymen Ben Omar and Oussama Darragi and that was how it stayed to give the Tunisian club a healthy advantage going into the second leg. Libyans Ittihad also triumphed on Friday with a 2-0 defeat of six-time African champions Al-Ahly from Egypt thanks to strikes from Younes Shibani and Ahmed Zuway.

On Saturday ES Sétif overcame the tough challenge of Zambian side Zanaco FC thanks to a lone Mourad Delhoum strike in the 73rd minute. The second game on Saturday saw the first stalemate of the round with South African champions SuperSport United coming back to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Nigerians Heartland FC. Defending champions TP Mazembe hold a narrow advantage from their Sunday night match against Malians Djoliba with Mputu Mabi’s 53rd penalty giving the title holders a 1-0 victory. There were also wins for Algerians JS Kabylie (2-0 v Atlético Petróleos), Egyptian side Ismaily (1-0 v Al-Hilal Omdurman) and Zimabawean representatives Dynamos (4-1 v Gaborone United) to complete the first leg action.

The Confederation Cup 2nd round also began on Friday with defending title holders Stade Malien going down to a 2-0 defeat away at FUS Rabat. Goals from Alhassane Issoufou and Souleymane Dembele gave the Moroccans a crucial two goal cushion before the second leg in a fortnight’s time. Two-time winners CS Sfaxien from Tunisia will be satisifed with a 1-1 away draw against Egyptians Petrojet. The latter’s compatriots Haras El Hodood fared no better in their 2nd round encounter with Simba SC going down to a 2-1 defeat in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam. Other winners in the first legs are Nigerians Warri Wolves (2-1 v CAPS United), Amal Atbara (1-0 v Belouizdad), AS Vita Club (3-0 v Enyimba), Primerio de Agosto (2-1 v Cotonsport) and ASFAN (1-0 v Motema Pembe).

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