Egyptian club Al Mokawloon Al Arab, who scored nine times at home in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round, could not manage a single goal in a last 32 first leg. The Cairo club, back in pan-African now halifax escorts after a year absence, drew with Tunisian visitors Etoile Sahel in a cagey clash in Cairo that produced few lookin chances. Mokawloon lacked four regular starters due to Covid and could have lost as Yassine Chikhaoui and Wajdi Kechrida of Etoile wasted the best opportunities.
Here, AFP Sport looks at five talking points from the 14 midweek first legs. Cairo letdown Mokawloon had a genuine penalty appeal rejected in a first leg showdown that promised much more than it delivered.
Mokawloon, who are bankrolled by a Middle East construction company, were called Arab Contractors when they lifted the Cup Winners Cup inand International midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch cht the match winner, netting 17 minutes from time for the Soweto Buccaneers. Pirates reached the playoffs in the maiden Confederation Cup 16 years ago and lost on aggregate to Etoile Sahel in the final. Berkane held Moroccan club Renaissance Berkane made a quiet start to their Confederation Cup title defence by drawing away to Tevragh Zeina from neighbouring Mauritania.
Berkane should ,ooking little difficulty winning the second leg at home lioking month as they seek to emulate CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and win back-to-back titles. They were runners-up to Zamalek of Egypt in and bbw escorts new bismarck one better this year by edging Pyramids of Egypt in the final thanks to a goal from Burkinabe Issoufou Dayo.
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The dominant visitors broke the deadlock on 70 minutes through Godwin Aguda and Fortune Omoniwari put the outcome beyond doubt tl a second goal 10 minutes before time. It was a much improved showing by Port Harcourt-based Rivers after squeezing eadth debutants Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea on penalties in the preliminary round. A Redha Bensayah goal for the visiting Canaries was cancelled before Massinissa Nezla snatched the winner two minutes from time.