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Al Ahly with a mountain to climb in CAF CL final – 2017 CAF Champions League


Al Ahly’s player Emad Meteb (L) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s player Abdelatif Noussir (R) during the African Champions League

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 18:00


Al Ahly have a mountain to climb heading into the second leg of the CAF Champions League final against hosts Wydad Casablanca on Saturday night.

The Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca will be the venue for the match, with kick-off set for 22h00 CAT. You will be able to follow LIVE Play-By-Play coverage of the match right here on AfricanFootball.

The first leg in Alexandria last weekend ended 1-1, with Ahly’s early goal from Moamen Zakaria cancelled out within the opening 20 minutes by Wydad’s Achraf Bencharki.

The aggregate score of 1-1 very much favours the Moroccan side, who have home advantage for the decisive leg and need only keep a clean sheet to ensure they pick up their second Champions League title.

The Egyptian giants, meanwhile, must at least match Wydad’s away goal if they are to have a shot at winning a record-extending ninth African crown.

Wydad coach Hussein Amotta will be without the services of injured winger Mohamed Ounajem, but was delighted with the first-leg result and believes his side is capable of triumphing on home soil.

“We achieved a milestone leaving Alexandria with a draw under these circumstances,” said Amotta after the match at the Borg El Arab Stadium.

“With all these fans, and against one of Africa’s finest most experienced clubs, a draw was a great result.”

He added, “It [the return leg] won’t be an easy game, but we will be more relaxed and we will have to work on scoring first this Saturday.

“Al Ahly have one of the best front lines in Africa, so it would be illogical to sit back and defend against them.

“Now that we know the flaws in Al Ahly’s defence, we will put pressure on them from the start. Yet at the same time we need to leave them no space for counter-attacks at the back.

“It is a great pleasure for me to coach Wydad and lead them up to this stage, but I cannot wait till Saturday when I become the happiest man in Morocco and all of Africa.”

Al Ahly have their own injury absentee in the shape of captain Hossam Ashour, and coach Hossam El Badry is under pressure to turn the tie around in Casablanca.

“I knew it [the first leg] was going to be a tough match, and we didn’t exploit the chances that we had during the game. We weren’t lucky [in the match] too,” the Al Ahly coach explained.

He added, “However, we put in an overall strong performance and I believe in the players’ abilities. We’ll fight to achieve victory in the second leg to claim the title.”

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama will take charge of the match in Casablanca on Saturday night. The winners will qualify for both the 2017 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December, and the 2018 CAF Super Cup against the winners of the Confederation Cup final (either SuperSport United or TP Mazembe).



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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – AS IT HAPPENED


Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrating his goal during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns at Goble Park, Bethlehem on 11 September 2017 © Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 16:56


Good afternoon and welcome to our live PBP coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League first-leg quarterfinal clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Casablanca, from the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Morena, Arendse, Madisha (Soumahoro 82′), Langerman – Kekana, Manyisa, Vilakazi (Zakri 46′) – Zwane, Tau, Castro (Nthethe 87′)

Wydad Casablanca: Laaroubi; Noussir, Rabeh, Atouchi, Gaddarine, El Haddad (Khadrouf 78′), Nekach, Saidi, Ait Ben Idir (El Kaeti 67′), Nicaise Daho, Ounnajem

AS IT HAPPENED UPDATES: 

Advantage Sundowns, the second-leg will take place at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca next Saturday, 23 September.

90+5′ Full-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 Wydad Casablanca – (Zakri 71′) 

90+2′ Heated end to the half with Ounnajem and Mosimane almost coming to blows! Wydad technical team  quick to rush over to the scene, but the referee is quick to calm things down.

90′ Three minutes added.

87′ Mosimane shutting up shop as he pulls Castro off for Nthethe. Sundowns starting to slow things down as they aim to see out the rest of the game without conceding.

80′ Into the final 10 minutes we go in Atteridgeville – Sundowns will be more than happy with the scoreline.

76′ Kekana has another pop from range, but his attempt flies wide of goal. A second would really put the Brazilians in the driving seat heading to Casablanca.

71′ GOAL! Zakri guides home from close range following a well worked corner-kick routine – great touch by Themba Zwane on the byline to set up the Ivorian who makes no mistake.

67′ CHANCE! Golden opportunity for Wayne Arendse to open the scoring as the ball finds him from a free-kick, but he centre back is static with the ball hitting him more than anything – easy for Laaroubi in the end.

65′ Kekana starting to find a lot of space in the middle of the park – up to the midfielder now to capitalize, but in all fairness to the Sundowns captain he has not been at his best this afternoon.

60′ Sundowns ramping up the pressure in Atteridgeville, but the Moroccans are holding on for the time being.

55′ CHANCE! Thapelo Morena ghosts into the area, but is blocked by the Wydad defence. The hosts starting to find their rhythm.

51′ Positive start to the half by the Brazilians as Percy Tau tries his luck from range – ball flies wide, but Mosimane will be happy with the intent.

46′ Attacking intent by Pitso Mosiamane who swaps Themba Zwane with Yannick Zakri at the start of the second stanza.

45+2′ Half-Time: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Wydad Casablanca 

45′ Two minutes added to the half.

43′ Four successive corner-kick’s here for Wydad who are ending the half on the front foot. Good defending, though, by the Brazilians who clear their lines – finally!

39′ Sundowns starting to find gaps in the Wydad defence – the hosts will need be patient here.

33′ Nervy moment at the back for Sundowns as Mohamed Ounnajem takes a tumble in the box – lucky for the Brazilians who look vulnerable whenever Wydad win possession.

30′ Half-Hour played in Atteridgeville and still little to right home about with Wydad keeping Sundowns at arms length thus far. 11 red shirts in their own half, frustrating the Brazilians.

25′ Wydad happy to sit back and welcome pressure from their hosts. The Moroccans hoping to capitalize on counter-attacks and set-piece opportunists.

20′ Nothing between the two side’s thus far. Sundowns fans starting to find their voice in the stands. Pitso Mosimane, though, will take this scoreline to Casablanca!

13′ Kekana’s shot remains the only notable attempt at goal thus far. Wydad, though, are growing into the game and Onyango is called into action to tip Saidi’s cross-come-shot over the crossbar.

8′ GOAL! No… That looked to have rattled the back of the net – Hlompho Kekana’s rocket fools everyone in the stadium – including the journalists, but his attempt is just wide. CLOSE!

4′ Conservative start to the game by the visitors in what is the first meeting between the two side’s. Early chants of ‘Accccceee’ every time Oupa Manyisa is on the ball.

1′ Kick-off!

– A lot of yellow out in the stands this afternoon, as the defending champions host the Moroccan league holders.



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Kekana wants Sundowns to retain CAF CL crown – 2017 CAF Champions League


Hlompho Kekana celebrates his goal with Percy Taui of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo on the 22 December 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 17:00


Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana wants his team to emulate the success of Al Ahly, TP Mazembe and Enyimba, by defending the CAF Champions League crown they won last year.

The Brazilians became only the second team from South Africa to win the continent’s most coveted club title and Kekana is hopeful that the Chloorkop-based club can now add a second CAF CL trophy to their ever growing trophy cabinet.

Kekana, 32, will this weekend lead his troops in a first-leg quarterfinal tie against Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca as they set their sights on reaching the 2017 showpiece.

ASAMOAH GYAN: I AM NOT DONE

“As players we are excited to take part in this tournament. I remember when I was at school, this is the tournament a dreamed of playing in – look at me now – I have played in this tournament and won it,” said Kekana.

“We want to make sure that we defend the trophy, it will be great for us as players and for South Africans it will be something to brag about,” he concluded.

Teammate Sibusiso Vilakazi highlighted the importance of keeping a clean sheet on home soil:

“The most important thing is that if we create chances to put them away, but we also we have to make sure we keep a clean sheet because it will be difficult away from home,” Vilakazi added.

“They are a very, very good team. It is important we make use of our home ground advantage.”



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South Africa and Egypt to have four clubs in the CAF CL in 2018


Danny Jordaan, SAFA president

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 10:00


Latest reports reveal that Egypt and South Africa will have four clubs in the CAF Champions League as of 2018 following changes by the continent’s football governing body, CAF.

Although South Africa only had two teams representing the country in the continental club competition, that is set to change next year.

Winners of the Premier Soccer League (Absa Premiership) and the runners-up gained automatic qualification in the tournament and SAFA boss Danny Jordaan said things are about to change.

The changes were discussed during CAF’s football symposium held in Morocco last week where CAF competitions are set to run from August-May.

‘‘If you look at what is happening in the Premier League in England‚ the first thing those clubs try to do is win the league title and if they can’t do it‚ then the next motivation is to try to get into the top four to have a guarantee of going into the UEFA Champions League‚” Jordaan said.

‘‘As you can see for both Egypt and South Africa they (CAF) have allocated four places in the Champions League and that is on the basis that these teams are strong‚ thriving and truly professional teams.

‘‘Some of our teams (in SA) can compete with the best clubs anywhere in the world. But it is not so for every country in the world.

‘‘This is something we have to greatly support and give more attention to‚ which is part of the reason why we come here (to SA) in September to address this matter.

‘‘Even professional football in this country has come a long way and it is now that it has taken a step up. It is not so on the rest of the continent.”

The changes in the South African football come after reigning African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns clinched the CAF Champions League last year.

In this year’s edition, the Brazilians are in the quarter-finals whilst SuperSport United are in the same stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.



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CAF CL: USM Alger 4-1 Caps United – As It Happened


USM Alger players (R) fights for the ball with Zamalek players (L) during the 2017 CAF Champions League

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 22:34


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group B match between Algerian club USM Alger and Zimbabwean outfit CAPS United at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers on Sunday.

Line-ups:

Alger XI: Zemmamouche, Meftah, Chafai, Abdellaoui, Bemoussa, Benguit, Koudri, Hammar, Meziane, Hamzaoui, Darfalou.

United XI: Chigumba, Zvirekwi, Pfumbidzai, Muzambwa, Jangano, Bamusi, Taitamba, Muchenje, Rusike, Chitiyo, B.A

Commentary:

Alger advance to the quarter-finals, while United are out of the competition.

FULL-TIME: Alger 4-1 United.

88′ – GOAL! Alger 4-1 United. Darfalou scores with an easy tap in to restore the home side’s three goal lead.

85′ – Five minutes left for United to grab three late goals to ensure that they advance to the quarter-finals.

83′ – Alger sub: Khoualed IN, Benmoussa OUT.

80′ – GOAL! Alger 3-1 United. Amidu hits the back of the net with a powerful curling shot from outside the box.

78′ – GOAL! Alger 3-0 United. Darfalou heads home from Mefta’s corner-kick.

75′ – Alger have been solid at the back as United strikers Chungwa and Amidu struggle to penetrate the home side’s defence.

70′ – Alger sub: Benkablia IN, Hamzaoui OUT.

67′ – United sub: Kambanje IN, Bamusi OUT.

65′ – United defender Jangano makes a good clearance with his head from Alger attacker Benmoussa’s cross.

60′ – Alger are still leading 2-0 as we reach the hour-mark here in Algiers.

57′ – Alger sub: Benmoussa IN, Hammar OUT.

55′ – United are pressing Alger as Pfumbidzai’s corner-kick is punched away by Zemmamouche.

50′ – CHANCE! Amidu is sent through on goal, but the United striker is ruled offside as the visitors look to pull one back.

46′ – The second-half is under-way.

46′ – United sub: Chungwa IN, Rusike OUT.

46′ – United sub: Kamhapa IN, Muchenje OUT.

HALF-TIME: Alger 2-0 United.

44′ – GOAL! Alger 2-0 United. Hamzaoui doubles the home side’s lead just before the half-time break.

40′ – The momentum is with Alger, who have been solid at the back most of time this evening as we approach the half-time break.

36′ – GOAL! Alger 1-0 United. Hammar fires home a thunderous shot from the right-hand side to give the home side the lead.

35′ – CLOSE: United full-back Pfumbidzai’s effort from a corner-kick hits the crossbar with Alger goalkeeper Zemmamouche well beaten.

30′ – It remains goalless as we reach the half-hour mark here in Algiers.

25′ – United combine nicely on the edge of the Alger box and Rusike’s pass goes out for a goal-kick as the visitors look to break the deadlock.

20′ – Alger have won several set-pieces in the United box, but they are yet to test United goalkeeper Chigumba.

15′ – Amidu is playing as the lone striker for United, but he is closely marked by the Alger defenders thus far.

10′ – Alger are enjoying more possession thus far with United doing most of the defending.

5′ – Early chances for Alger duo Hamzaoui and Koudri, who both miss the target from close range as the home side look to break the deadlock

1′ – The match is underway.



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Saint George exit CAF CL with a heavy loss in Sfax


Haha Yassine Khenissi of Esperance

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 21:17


Saint George lost their final CAF Champions League Group C match against Esperance 4-0 on Sunday at Stade Olympique de Radès.

In the wake of the heavy defeat, coach Neider Dos Santos’ troops sit at number three with five points from six matches as they exit their continental club campaign.

On the other hand, strikes courtesy of Khalil Chemman, Bilel Mejri, Haythem Jouini and Ali Machani ensured the hosts retain the full three points.

Although they went into the encounter having the favourites tag, the Tunisian giants showed their intentions as early as the opening half.

The Blood and Gold pushed for an early goal and their efforts were rewarded when Chemman managed to open the scoring in the 29th minute with an assist coming from Saad Bguir.

The hosts were not done yet when they caused troubles in the opposite defence and Mejri made it 2-0 following an assist through Anice Badri in the 38th minute.

It was 2-0 at the interval in favour of the hosts.

The second stanza had no clear cut opportunities and towards the final 10 minutes, Esperance showed their class as they probed for the third goal.

With eight minutes to go, substitute Jouini made it 3-0 as he converted a beautiful pass from Bguir.

However in the injury time, Machani made it 4-0 in the dying minutes of the contest to wrap their group stage campaign on a high note.

The win sees Faouzi Benzarti’s men remaining at number one with 12 points from six matches and they will now meet Egyptian side Al Ahly in the quarterfinals between 8-10 September 2017.



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2017 CAF CL: Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 AS Vita – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 20:44


Good evening and welcome to coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group C match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AS Vita from the Lucas Moripe Stadium, on Sunday 9 July.

Match Commentary

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 1-1, a disappointing result for Sundowns, but they advance into the quarterfinals alongside Group C winners Esperance de Tunis.

90+2′ – Basisila sent on  by AS Vita as they make another substitution.

90+1′ – Soumahoro with a long-range volley, but Bongaman is there once again to make the save.

88′ – Closing in on the end of regulation time, this one looks like ending in a draw.

84′ – Castro comes off the bench to boost Sundowns’ attack.

83′ – Half a chance for Vita, but Madisha and Mweene get the ball clear, before Nthethe is almost caught out by a low cross from the right.

82′ – Mohomi replaces Mbekile in midfield for ‘Downs, as they look to reassert themselves.

79′ – That’s because Esperance remain 2-0 up against Saint George and will top the group with 12 points.

78′ – The Brazilians will be disappointed to draw this game (if it does indeed end in a draw), but it will make no real difference to their quarterfinal advancement.

73′ – Sundowns fail to clear from a long throw-in and Atouba cracks home a volley to make it 1-1! Superb finish!

69′ – AS Vita almost level through Atouba, whose left-footed effort bounces off the top of the angle between post and crossbar.

65′ – Laffor and Zakri with efforts on goal, before Vilakazi is brought down in the box, only for the referee to wave away appeals for a penalty.

62′ – Vilakazi powers into the box down the left side, but his cross-shot is deflected and cleared to safety.

60′ – Up to the hour mark in Tshwane, Nthethe’s first-half goal remains the difference between the teams.

56′ – Esperance remain 2-0 up at home to Saint George in the other Group C match. A things stand they’ll top the pool ahead of ‘Downs.

53′ – Hachi tees up Tau, who fires on goal with the left foot and Bongaman makes another fine save to keep it at 1-0!

48′ – Zakri almost with a scoring chance in the middle of the box, but a Vita defender does just enough to touch the ball away him.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, ASV has made a change by replacing Sidibde with Batezadio.

45′ – Half time – The Brazilians lead 1-0 at the break, probably a fair reflection of the game thus far.

43′ – Closing in on half time, Sundowns lead 1-0. But they’re unlikely to top the group, as Esperance lead 2-0 in he concurrent game in Tunisia.

38′ – Zakri looks to make it 2-0 but slices his shot wide of the mark. All Sundowns at the moment…

35′ – GOAL! Sundowns 1-0 ASV – Morena with a superb pass to pick out Nthethe, who coolly slips a shot past Bongaman to make it 1-0 to the Brazilians!

31′ – Hachi whips in a cross after a corner is worked short, Nthethe gets a head to the ball but can’t direct it on target.

27′ – Hachi with some solid defending as ASV look to break down the right flank. Zakri then excites the crowd with a beautiful piece of skill.

23′ – Midway through the first half, neither side has really established a clear dominance.

18′ – Bongaman with a fine punch away as Sundowns fire a free kick into the ASV penalty area.

16′ – Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless here in Tshwane, while the other Group C match between Esperance and Saint George is also locked at 0-0.

12′ – A corner for ASV ends with Agiti getting a head on target, but Mweene makes a solid save.

7′ – AS Vita with a solid spell of possession, getting a foothold in the game.

4′ – Early chance for Tau, who is denied from close range by ASV goalkeeper Bongaman!

3′ – Early possession for ‘Downs, who are hoping to claim a win and climb to the top of the log.

1′ – We are underway in Tshwane, Sundowns wear their traditional yellow, blue and white, AS Vita are in bright green and black.

18h50 – AS Vita’s line-up: Bongaman, Bangala, Omba, Traore, Muzinga, Botuli, Sidibe, Atouba, Dido, Muzungu, Agiti

18h40 – Twenty minutes to kick-off, here’s the Sundowns line-up: Mweene, Morena, Nthethe, Madisha, Hachi, Soumahoro, Mbekile, Vilakazi, Laffor, Zakri, Tau.

18h30 – There’s not much at stake in this game, as Sundowns and group leaders Esperance de Tunis have already advanced. It’s only a case of seeing who finishes top and therefore has the more favourable quarterfinal position.



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2017 CAF CL: Coton Sport 0-1 Zanaco – As it happened – 2017 CAF Champions League


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 21, 2017. 17:47


Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the 2017 CAF Champions League Group D clash between Coton Sport and Zanaco from the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends 1-0 to Zanaco, who have taken a massive stride toward the quarterfinals with this victory! It’s tough on Coton Sport, who probably deserved more from the match, but that’s football for you.

90+1′ – GOAL! Coton Sport 0-1 Zanaco – Zanaco on the counter attack, Sakala with a chance… this time he buries it with a shot across the face of goal!

88′ – Clear chance for Sakala, but Omossola makes a superb save and then gets up to keep out the rebound from Kwame!

85′ – Zanaco with a rare chance (in recent minutes) to test Coton’s defence as Bwenbya goes for goal from a free kick, but once again his effort is poor.

83′ – Another confident claim from Nsabata, with Coton now throwing long balls into the Zanaco box at will.

80′ – Coton’s final change sees Ngah Wanja make way for Harouna Mahamat.

78′ – Coton Sport skipper Ewonde goes into the book after chopping down Sakala.

75′ – Consecutive corners for Coton, who very much look the likelier scorers now.

73′ – Coton with a free kick just to the right of the penalty area. Ngah Wanja whips in the cross, but Nsabata makes a confident catch.

71′ – Less than 20 minutes to play in this match, will we see a goal before full time?

68′ – Kombous heads a loose ball just wide of the mark, before Coton make another change by introducing Moise Sakava Sangola in place of Batai.

67′ – Another change for the visitors sees Attram Kwame replace Nyaende, with Zanaco looking to get some more energy in attack.

65′ – Coton’s first change sees Mayakmon make way for Kamilou Daouda.

64′ – Much better play from Coton, who have found a new confidence in the last few minutes, though their fans groan loudly when Bongyang punts an aimless ball forward to give away possession.

61′ – Mvondo shoots for goal direct from a long-range free kick, but it’s easy pickings for Nsabata.

58′ – Coton speed away on the counter through Ngah Wanja, but his attempt to stab a shot with the outside of his right foot is blocked by Nsabata!

57′ – It’s been all Zanaco in the second half, the hosts have hardly had a touch. But can the Zambians find a way through this Coton Sport defence?

53′ – Sakala with a great chance at close range, but Omossola makes a sharp save at his near post to keep the scores level!

50′ – Zanaco skipper Tembo is booked for a nasty-looking collision in the middle of the park.

48′ – Zanaco make their first change as Boyd Musonda replaces Mpiana.

47′ – Mbewe with a half chance from a tight angle, but he skews his shot high and wide.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45’+2 – Half time – Goalless at the break. Zanaco have looked the better team, but Coton have grown in confidence and had the best chance to open the scoring, with Romaric missing a great opportunity 21 minutes in.

45′ – Coton with their first corner kick of the match, but Bongyang can’t quite get a clean header on the ball.

43′ – Bwenbya with a truly awful effort at a long range free kick which nearly travels out of the stadium. The less said about that, the better.

41′ – Closing in on half time here in Garoua, it’s looking like a stalemate through the first stanza.

39′ – Patient play from Zanaco, who are knocking the ball around nicely despite the pitch looking a little heavy and bumpy.

36′ – Zanaco beginning to turn the screw in attack, but Coton are holding on thus far.

34′ – Sakala with a clear shooting chance in the penalty area but his effort is straight at the goalkeeper!

32′ – Nice play from Pitroipa, as he turns away from a defender and makes space for a shot, but his effort skips wide of goalkeeper Nsabata’s left-hand post.

31′ – Coton captain Ewonde is lucky not to be booked for a cynical tackle from behind in the middle of the park.

27′ – Coton sitting quite deep in defence as they look to frustrate the Zambians, who are pushing and probing across the width of the pitch to try and find a way through.

23′ – Past the midway point of the first half, still goalless here in Garoua.

21′ – Pitroipa with a glaring chance to open the scoring after his late run is picked out by a fine cross from Kaou, but he somehow slices his shot wide!

19′ – Now the Coton goalkeeper makes a mess of trying to catch a cross and Sakala’s effort on goal is cleared off the line by Bongyang!

17′ – Zanaco’s Sakala latches onto a loose ball near the edge of the box and shoots on target, but Omossola gets behind the ball to make a comfortable save.

15′ – Zanaco with the first corner kick of the match, but it’s well dealt with by the hosts as Batai heads clear.

13′ – The first shot in anger comes from Coton’s Pitroipa, but his effort from outside the penalty flies high and wide.

12′ – Super sliding tackle from Bwenbya to cut short an attack from the hosts, who are now looking to use their pace out wide to greater effect.

9′ – Better play from Coton Sport as they look to get the likes of Pitroipa and Jean Joseph on the ball, but Zanaco still look comfortable in these early stages.

5′ – Unconvincing at the back from Coton, as a free kick from out wide for Zanaco causes a problem in the penalty area, but the hosts get it clear in the end.

4′ – Zanaco enjoying plenty of possession early on, but the teams are still finding their footing in the game.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Garoua! Coton Sport wear all-white, while Zanaco don their famous red and black colours.

15h55 – The teams are out on the pitch, the referee for this match is Gabon’s Eric Otogo-Castane.

15h50 – Here are the line-ups:

Coton Sport: Omossola Simon Loti, Ewonde Ewonde, Paul Serge Mvondo, Alafi Mayakmon, Kombous Jean Joseph, Ronald Ngah Wanja, Kaou Fabril, Batai Marcel, Pitroipa Romaric, Bongyang Dzekem, Maakte Ulrich Yampili

Zanaco: Toaster Nsabata, Ziyo Tembo, Chongo Chirwa, Saith Sakala, Taonga Bwenbya, Ernest Mbewe, Kitumbo Mpiana, Richard Kasonde, Augustine Mulenga, Felix Nyaende, George Chilufya

15h45 – Fifteen minutes to kick-off in Garoua. This  is a match which presents Zanaco with the chance to go clear at the top of the group, while Coton are chasing their first points.



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