All three goals came in the second half, with Amed Toure and Bonsu Osei Kwaku scoring for the Ghanaian FA Cup champions whilst Mohamed Seguer scored in between for the visitors.
Having been frustrated for the opening 45 minutes, the ‘Hunters’ as the Ghanaians are nicknamed came out of the blocks after the restart, with Yaw Arnol soon going close with a hooked effort from close range.
The deadlock was finally broken three minutes later as Bechem United were awarded a penalty after Mokdad Abdel Malek handled the ball in his attempt to clear one of the many attacks from the hosts. Toure stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to record the first goal of the game.
The visitors upped their game and mounted countless attacks and in the 64th minute, their persistence paid off as they grabbed the equalizer through a Seguer header.
On 75 minutes, substitute Bonsu Osei Kwaku who came on to replace the tired Akoto Danso, weaved his way through the defense of MC Algers before coolly planting the ball at the back of the net to restore the lead.
Alberto Annese Vicenzo (Head Coach, Bechem United)
It was good game for us, especially in the second half where we had lots of scoring opportunities but managed to convert only two. It was a very frustrating first half because we had not seen them play, so it was not easy to see their game plan. After 30 minutes, we had a fair idea of what we were up against and that helped us to re-strategize for the second half. They (MC Alger) are a very good team, and I must commend them for giving us a good game. We are happy with the win and will go back to the drawing board to work on our errors ahead of the second leg. We wanted to prevent them from scoring here, but they managed to get the vital away goal.
Asante Agyemang (Captain, Bechem United)
It is a good win for us, but it was very difficult. This is the very first time some of us are participating in the competition, and we are happy that we have won our first match. We hope to continue from there. At the beginning, it was difficult for us. After the equalizer, we still managed to get the second goal which turned out to be the match winner. We will make sure that when we go to Algiers for the second leg, we will do our best to qualify. If we can beat them here, then we can repeat the same there.
Mouassa Kamel (Head Coach, MC Alger)
It was a disappointing defeat for us because we wanted to win or pick at least a point from this game. We had some good chances in the first half but we couldn’t score and that is how football is. When you get chances and you don’t score, when your opponents get theirs they will score. We are content to have managed to score an away goal that could prove vital in the second leg. We will build on it and make sure that we beat them in Algiers and qualify to the next round.
Friday, 10 February 2017
KCCA (Uganda) 1-0 Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
JS Saoura (Algeria) 1-1 Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)
Saturday, 11 February 2017
RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) 3-0 Diables Noirs (Congo)
AS Real (Mali) 0-0 Rivers United (Nigeria)
AS Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) 3-0 AS FAN (Niger)
US Goree (Senegal) 0-0 Horoya (Guinea)
FC Johansen (Sierra Leone) 1-1 FUS Rabat (Morocco)
CF Mounana (Gabon) 2-0 Vital’O (Burundi)
Zanaco (Zambia) 0-0 APR (Rwanda)
Zimamoto (Zanizibar) 2-1 Ferroviario da Beira (Mozambique)
Royal Leopards (Swaziland) 0-1 AS Vita (DR Congo)
CNapS (Madagascar) 2-1 Township Rollers (Botswana)
Saint Louisienne (Reunion) 2-1 Bidvest Wits (South Africa)
Lioli (Lesotho) 0-0 Caps United (Zimbabwe)
Cote d’Or (Seychelles) 0-2 Saint George (Ethiopia)
Tusker (Kenya) 1-1 Port Louis (Mauritius)
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Sony Ela Nguema (Equatorial Guinea) 0-1 El Merreikh (Sudan)
Wa All Stars (Ghana) 1-3 Ahly Tripoli (Libya)
Ngaya Club de Mde (Comoros) 1-5 Young Africans (Tanzania)
Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia) 1-0 Stade Malien (Mali)
Ports Authority (Gambia) 1-0 Sewe Sport (Cote d’Ivoire)
Coton Sport (Cameroon) 2-0 Atlabara (South Sudan)
AC Leopards (Congo) 1-0 UMS de Loum (Cameroon)