Two-time winners, Enyimba of Nigeria beat Vital’O of Burundi 5-1 in Aba whilst Wydad, continental champions in 1992, replicated a similar victory over visiting CNaPS of Madagascar in Casablanca both on Sunday.
In Casablanca, CNaPS were given a baptism of fire in their first ever outing at the 1/16th round of a major continental club championship going down 4-1 at the break courtesy a brace each from Ismail El Haddad and Reda Hajhouj, before Jeannot Sarivahy reduced the deficit. Congo-import Fabrice Ondama completed the rout with the fifth goal five minutes from time to put Wydad on the brink of a place at the last eight.
The duo was the biggest winners on a weekend that saw Zesco United of Zambia also grabbing the headlines with a 4-1 win over visiting Horoya of Guinea. Zesco, the football arm of the Zambia Electricity Company led 3-0 at half time with goals from Idris Mbombo, Jesse Jackson and Clatous Chama. Maybin Mwaba took the game beyond Horoya with the fourth on 62 minutes before Ghana-import Mandela Ocansey pulled a consolation for the visitors.
There was an away win for Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas, Adama Bakayoko’s 53rd minute goal sealing victory for the 1998 winners against South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg.
Burkina Faso-import Mohammed Koffi scored a cracker on 58 minutes as Zamalek beat hosts Union Douala of Cameroon in Douala. Zamalek’s bitterest rivals and the most successful club in the history of the premier continental club champions, Al Ahly, were held to a barren draw by Angola champions Recreativo do Libolo in Calulo.
DR Congo’s other representatives, AS Vita left it late against visiting Ferroviaro of Mozambique with Emmanuel Ngudikama’s 83rd minute goal deciding matters in Kinshasa.
Mamelodi Sundowns gave South African fans some cause to cheer thanks to a 2-0 win over AC Leopards of Congo in Pretoria. Keagan Dolly and Leonardo Castro scored in either half.
There were also wins for Stade Malien (Mali), Club Africain (Tunisia), El Merreikh (Sudan), Young Africans (Tanzania) and Ahly Tripoli (Libya) during the weekend.
The second leg matches will take place on the weekend of 18-20 March 2016 with the winners advancing to the 1/8th round.
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Sundowns (South Africa) 2-0 AC Leopards (Congo)
Stade Malien (Mali) 2-0 Coton Sport (Cameroon)
Zesco United (Zambia) 4-1 Horoya (Guinea)
APR (Rwanda) 1-2 Young Africans (Tanzania)
Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) 0-1 ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
Club Africain (Tunisia) 1-0 MO Bejaia (Algeria)
Wydad (Morocco) 5-1 CNaPS (Madagascar)
Ahly Tripoli (Libya) 1-0 El Hilal (Sudan)
Recreativo do Libolo (Angola) 0-0 Ahly (Egypt)
Sunday, 13 March 2016
AS Vita (DR Congo) 1-0 Ferroviaro (Mozambique)
Warri Wolves (Nigeria) 0-1 El Merreikh (Sudan)
Etoile du Congo (Congo) 1-1 ES Setif (Algeria)
St George (Ethiopia) 2-2 TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Enyimba (Nigeria) 5-1 Vital’O (Burundi)
OC Khouribga (Morocco) 1-1 Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Union Douala (Cameroon) 0-1 Zamalek (Egypt)