Esperance held in Mauritania, Bidvest Wits off to winning start
Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits
Saturday Feb 10, 2018. 23:12
Saturday 10 February saw 15 first leg, preliminary round matches in the 2018 CAF Champions League staged across the continent, featuring a draw for Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis and a home win for South African champions Bidvest Wits.
Esperance played to a 1-1 draw in Nouakchott against hosts ASAC Concorde of Mauritania, with Andou M’Barek’s opener for the home team cancelled out midway through the second half by Haythem Jouini.
In Johannesburg, Wits claimed a 2-0 win over Mauritian side Pamplemousses thanks to goals from Kobamelo Kodisang and Eleazar Rodgers, though the match ended on a sour note when both teams had a men sent off in the dying minutes.
The day’s action wrapped up with a massive 10-0 win for Morocco’s Difaa El Jadidi over Guinea-Bissau’s Benfica. The hosts’ Hamid Ahaddad scored five goals in the space of 23 minutes to fire his team to what will surely be the biggest victory of the weekend.
Other notable results saw Botswana’s Township Rollers claim an emphatic 3-0 home win over Sudanese heavyweights Al Merrikh, former Confederation Cup champions AC Leopards of Congo defeated AS Togo-Port 2-1, and the Zambian pair of Zanaco and Zesco United had positive outcomes – the former won 3-0 at home to the Gambia’s Armed Forces, while the latter claimed a goalless draw at Zanzibar’s JKU.
The return leg matches will be staged next midweek, February 20-21, with the 27 aggregate winners advancing into the first round.
CAF Champions League results
Saturday 10 February
CNaPS Sport 2-1 KCCA
Gor Mahia 2-0 Leones Vegetarianos
JKU 0-0 Zesco United
Young Africans 1-0 Saint Louis
Zanaco 3-0 Armed Forces
Rayon Sport 1-1 LLB Academic
Township Rollers 3-0 Al Merrikh
AC Leopards 2-1 AS Togo-Port
ASFAN Niamey 1-3 Horoya AC
ASAC Concorde 1-1 Esperance de Tunis
Bidvest Wits 2-0 Pamplemousses
Rail Club Kadiogo 1-0 CF Mounana
Generation Foot 2-0 Misr El Maqasa
Stade Malien 1-1 Williamsville AC
Difaa El Jadidi 10-0 Benfica de Bissau