The latest round of matches in the CAF Champions League preliminary first round on Saturday astonishingly saw nearly all the home teams advance to the next round.
2006 runners-up CS Sfaxien of Tunisia beat 10-man Mlandege of Zanzibar 3-1 to progress with an emphatic 8-1 aggregate score. Firas Chaouat and Kingsley Eduwo scored the winning goals after Sabri Mzee’s penalty had cancelled out Chris Kouakou’s opening goal.
A late equaliser by Yano earned Petro Atletico (Angola) a 2-2 draw at home to Akonangui F.C. of Equatorial Guinea. The Angolans, despite winning the first leg 1-0 away from home, were heading out of the competition on the away goals rule. However, that strike was enough to see them through 3-2 on aggregate.
Tanzanian giants Simba and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs secured 0-0 draws at home to Nigeria’s Plateau United and Cameroon’s Bamenda respectively to both go through 1-0 on aggregate. Nkana F.C. of Zambia also registered a similar result against Bantu of Lesotho advancing on a similar aggregate score.
Stade Malien of Mali went through 5-1 on aggregate with a 3-0 win against Ashanti GB of Guinea. Meanwhile, Platinum F.C. of Zimbabwe and Bouenguidi of Gabon defeated Costa do Sol of Mozambique and Forest Rangers of Zambia 2-0 respectively for 4-1 and 2-0 aggregate wins.
The sole victory by an away side on the day was a 2-0 win by Niger’s SONIDEP against Mogadishu City of Somalia. A goal each by Yahaya Murtala and Ibrahim Mukhtar completed a 4-0 aggregate win over the Somalis.
Another set of matches in the first preliminary round are due to be played on December 6 featuring two-time winners Enyimba F.C. (Nigeria) and Asante Kotoko (Ghana).