The defeat of the 2014 Orange CAF Confederation Cup losing finalists headlined one of major upsets of the first leg matches of the preliminary round, and the feat was masterminded by no other than former Cote d’Ivoire trainer, Francois Zahoui, who took over the reins of the Guinean champions few days before the encounter.
The Abidjan-based club, who have the lost the services of three members of their successful campaign last year – goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo, midfielder Christian Koffi Kouame and forward Roger Assale to DR Congo champions , TP Mazembe failed to find their feet against the much determined Guineans.
The ‘Sewekes’ face a difficult second leg on 1 March 2015 to be played in Bamako, due to a ban on the Guinean side from playing at home due to the Ebola virus outbreak in the West African country.
Another shocking result was achieved by Malawian champions, Bullets who beat Fomboni Moheil of Comoros away in Moroni by a lone goal. Substitute Tizowere Kumwenda left it late scoring the match winner in stoppage time.
There were victories for Nigeria’s representatives, Kano Pillars and Enyimba who both recorded convincing wins that puts them in a good stead as far as the next round is concerned. Champions Kano Pillars humbled Al Malakia of South Sudan 2-0 in faraway Juba thanks to second half strikes from Gambo Mohamed and Christian Obiazor.
Elsewhere in Aba, two-time African champions, Enyimba put three past Buffles of Benin to stay on course. Daniel Etor broke the deadlock after seven minutes before Kingsley Sokari doubled the lead on 83 minutes. Peter Onyekachi completed the rout with a stoppage time strike.
Sudanese giants, El Merreikh are in danger of crashing out for the successive time at the first hurdle after falling 2-0 to Tanzania’s rising force, Azam in Dar es Salaam. Burundi-import Didier Kavumbangu and John Raphael Bocco were on target to ensure victory for the Tanzanian champions.
It was however a joyful scene at other side of Sudan’s largest city, Omdurman, where rivals
Al Hilal thumped KMKM of Zanzibar 2-0. Goals from Nizar Hamid and Burkinabe-import Abubakar Kipe gave the ‘Saeed al Balad’ a first leg cushioning.
Mouloudia El-Eulma and USM Alger gave Algerians fans some cause to smile with victories against Saint George and Foullah Edifice of Ethiopia and Chad respectively. Fares Hamiti’s first half penalty was all Mouloudia El-Eulma needed to ease past Saint George whilst USM Alger outclassed Foullah Edifice 3-0. Farouk Chafaï, Youcef Belaïli and Caroulis Andria registered their names on the score sheet.
South Africa champions, Mamelodi Sundowns came from behind to snatch a vital 1-1 draw against Seychelles champions, Saint Michel United. Khama Billiat leveled for the visitors seven minutes from time.
Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa’s other representative labored to a 2-1 win over Township Rollers of Botswana. Matthews Rusike gave the ‘Amakhosi’ a sixth minute lead before Segolame Boy restored parity four minutes after the break. Defender Mashamaite scored the winner in added-on time to snatch victory at the death.
It was a bittersweet start for Moroccan campaigners, champions Moghreb Tetouan and Raja Athletic Club on Friday.
Tetouan suffered a 2-0 loss in Bamako to Malian side, Club Olympique de Bamako whilst Raja, three-time winners of the premier continental club championship crushed visiting Diables Noirs of Congo 4-0 in Casablanca.
Second half strikes from Abdoulaye Diarra served the undoing of Tetouan, who needs at least a 3-0 win in the return encounter in a fortnight to progress. Diarra broke the deadlock on 51 minutes from the spot before sealing victory with his second of the day on 67 minutes.
Elsewhere in Casablanca, Raja were cruising to a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Kouko Guehi on 10 minutes and Christian Osagouna on 70 minutes before late two late goals in added-on time sealed the victory in style.
Defender Adil Karrouchi netted the third goal with a spectacular free-kick before Abdeljalil Jbira completed the routing with the fourth in stoppage time.
In Tunis, Ahly Tripoli of Libya accounted for Egyptian debutants Smouha with a 1-0 win. Mohamed Al Ghanodi’s 48th minute penalty separated the two sides.
The second leg matches will take place in a fortnight with the winners advancing to the 1/16th round.
Friday, 13 February 2015
Al-Ahly Tripoli (Libya) 1-0 Smouha (Egypt)
Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 4–0 Diables Noirs (Congo)
CO Bamako (Mali) 2-0 Moghreb Tetouan (Morocco)
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Séwé Sport (Cote d’Ivoire) 1-2 AS Kaloum (Guinea)
AS Pikine (Senegal) 1–0 Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso)
Recreativo Libolo (Angola) 3-1 Sanga Balende (DR Congo)
KCCA (Uganda) 1-0 Cosmos Bafia (Cameroon)
Lydia Academic (Burundi) 0-0 Kabuscorp (Angola)
Mouloudia El-Eulma (Algeria) 1-0 St George (Ethiopia)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) 1-0 CNaPS Sport (Madagascar)
Al-Malakia (South Sudan) 0-2 Kano Pillars (Nigeria)
Real Banjul (Gambia) - Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia)
Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) 2-1 Township Rollers (Botswana)
St Michel Utd (Seychelles) 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Mangasport (Gabon) 1-0 Bantu (Lesotho)
Stade Malien (Mali) 0-0 AS Gendarmerie Nationale (Niger)
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Al-Hilal (Sudan) 2-0 KMKM (Zanzibar)
Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland) 1-1 ZESCO Utd (Zambia)
USM Alger (Algeria) 3-0 Foullah Edifice (Chad)
Fomboni Moheil (Comoros) 0-1 Big Bullets (Malawi)
Azam (Tanzania) 2-0 El-Merreikh (Sudan)
Ela Nguema (Equatorial Guinea) - Semassi Sokode (Togo)
Enyimba (Nigeria) 3–0 Buffles (Benin)
Liga Muçulmana (Mozambique) 0-0 APR FC (Rwanda)