Etoile du Congo were stunned 2-1 at home in Brazzaville by visiting FC MK from neighbouring DR Congo whilst CARA were humbled 2-0 by Togolese side, AS Togo Port in Lome.
In Brazzaville, Moise Nkounkou gave Etoile du Congo an 11th minute lead only for Dark Kabangu to draw level four minutes past the half-hour mark. Three minutes from time, Mangenda scored the winner to put the noses of FC MK in front ahead of the return encounter in a fortnight.
The Tripoli-based have almost but qualified for the next round thanks to a brace from Mutassem Abushnaf and other strikes from Faisal Badri, Yahaya Mohamed and Moatassem Sabo.
In another game also played on a neutral venue (Bamako), Horoya of Guinea eased past Liberian debutants, FC Fassel by a lone goal with Dramake Nikiema scoring the only after 58 minutes.
Ethiopian side, Dedebit grabbed a crucial 3-2 away win in Seychelles against Cote d’Or just as their East African compatriots, Rayon Sports of Rwanda silenced Panthere Nde 1-0 in Douala. Midfielder Leo Uwambajimana’s seventh minute goal was enough for the Rwandese who also wasted a first half penalty after captain Fuadi Ndayisenga failed to convert from the short distance.
Ivorian-import Patrick Kouakou and Smahi scored in either half to power Algerian side, ASO Chlef to a 2-0 win over Kemboi Eagles of Sierra Leone. Algeria’s other representative, Mouloudia Alger were held to a barren draw by visiting Sahel FC of Niger in Algiers.
Zimbabwean striker, Benjani Mwaruwari, who has previously laced his boots for English sides such as Manchester City, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers opened the scores for South African side, Bidvest Wits in their 3-0 win over Royal Leopards of Swaziland in Johannesburg.
The 36-year broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval before a second half brace from Sthembiso Ngcobo wrapped up victory.
Former Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah launched his continental campaign on a winning note by guiding Sudanese side, Al Khartoum Al Watani to a 1-0 win over Power Dynamos of Zambia. Veteran Niger forward Daouda Kamilou’s 21st minute goal separated the two sides.
Appiah in a post-match interview said “my team played good in the first half and missed many opportunities that was enough to finish the game early. We deserved a result of more than one goal, but we have to work for the second leg."
Earlier on Friday, visiting Egyptian side, Petrojet nicked a crucial away win beating Al Ghazala of South Sudan 1-0 on in Juba.
Midfielder Mostafa Shebeita scored the only goal on the half-hour mark to give Petrojet a seemingly firm cushioning ahead of the return leg in a fortnight in Suez.
Elsewhere in the northeastern Moroccan city of Berkane, local side Renaissance Berkane laboured to a 2-1 win over Malian visitors Onze Createurs. Mohamed Aziz scored in either half before Souleymane Sissoko grabbed a crucial away goal for the guests in the closing stages.
At the 11 November Stadium in Luanda, Benfica Luanda made light work of Le Messager de Ngozi of Burundi. After wasting a flurry of chances, Fabrizio’s first half brace was enough to land the hosts victory.
In Kampala, ten-man Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) twice came from behind to beat their Malagasy opponents, ASSM Elgeco. All five goals were scored in the second half with the opener just a minute after Jonathan Mugabi was sent off in the 48th minute for Jose Rakotomavo in the vital area.
Substitute Yvon Njilamana scored the opener for a lead which lasted few minutes before striker Striker Robert Ssentongo restored parity for URA on 65 minutes.
The homers’ joy was short-lived and the visitors went up again three minutes later courtesy Danny Rajaorimanana from the spot. Ssentongo leveled for the second time on 75 minutes before substitute Frank Kalanda netted the winner ten minutes before time.
Friday, 13 February 2015
Renaissance Berkane (Morocco) 2–1 Onze Createurs (Mali)
Al Ghazala (South Sudan) 0-1 Petrojet (Egypt)
Revenue Authority (Uganda) 3–2 ASSM Elgeco (Madagascar)
Benfica Luanda (Angola) 2–0 Le Messager de Ngozi (Burundi)
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Mouloudia Alger (Algeria) 0-0 Sahel SC (Niger)
Leones Vegatarianos Leones (Equatorial Guinea) - Dolphins (Nigeria)
Côte d'Or (Seychelles) 2-3 Dedebit (Ethiopia)
RC Bobodioulasso (Burkina Faso) 0-1 Warri Wolves (Nigeria)
Etoile du Congo (Congo) 1–2 FC MK (DR Congo)
Panthere Nde (Cameroon) 0–1 Rayon Sports (Rwanda)
Al-Khartoum (Sudan) 1-0 Power Dynamos (Zambia)
Young Africans (Tanzania) 2-0 BDF XI (Botswana)
Volcan de Moroni (Comoros) 0-1 Petro Atletico (Angola)
Bidvest Wits (South Africa) 3-0 Royal Leopards (Swaziland)
Petite Riviere Noire (Mauritius) 1-2 Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique)
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Al Ittihad (Libya) 6-1 Elect Sport (Chad)
UFC de Haut Nkam (Cameroon) 1-0 Olympique Ngor (Senegal)
Hearts of Oak (Ghana) 1-0 Police (Benin)
ASO Chlef (Algeria) 2-0 Kamboi Eagles (Sierra Leone)
Horoya (Guinea) 1-0 Fassell (Liberia)
AS Port (Togo) 2-0 CARA (Congo)
CF Mounana (Gabon) 5-0 Polisi (Zanzibar)
Sofapaka (Kenya) 1-2 Platinum (Zimbabwe)