Setif take slender lead over African champions Wydad

Setif take slender lead over African champions Wydad
14 September 2018 11:01

Entente Setif of Algeria ended a six-match unbeaten CAF Champions League run from title holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco by winning 1-0 Friday in a quarter-final first leg.

Senegal-born Isla Daoudi Diomande, a mid-year signing by Setif from a Tunisia club, scored the only goal on 16 minutes in eastern Algeria.

It gave Setif a slender advantage ahead of the return match next Friday in a showdown between clubs who have each won the competition twice.

Victory for Entente was unexpected as they had the least impressive record of the eight survivors in the premier African club competition.

Setif lost three matches en route to the last-eight stage whereas Wydad were among six clubs beaten only once, and another challenger suffered two defeats.

There could have been more goals during the second half of a match watched by a capacity 25,000 crowd at the May 8 Stadium.

Goalkeepers Abderrahmane Boultif of Setif and Yassine el Kharroubi of Wydad allowed crosses slip from their grasp without being punished.

Naim Aarab squandered the best chance of a Wydad equaliser when he found himself unmarked only to head over.

Known as the 'Black Eagles', Setif became African champions for the first time in 1988 and repeated the feat four years ago.

Wydad were crowned champions in 1992 and last year beat record eight-time title-holders Al Ahly of Egypt 2-1 on aggregate in the final.

The Moroccans hope to become only the fourth club after Ahly, Enyimba of Nigeria and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo to successfully defend the title.

Meanwhile, Ahly boosted chances of reaching the semi-finals by forcing a 0-0 draw away to Horoya of Guinea in a cagey Conakry clash that delivered few scoring opportunities.

The best two fell to Salah Mohsen, labelled the "two million dollar kid" after reportedly moving to Ahly for that fee from domestic rivals ENPPI this year while still a teenager.

He failed to score when one-on-one with Mali-born Horoya goalkeeper Germain Berthe and later missed the target after being set up by Moroccan Walid Azaro.

Amadou Wonkoye of Horoya had a penalty appeal waved away and team-mate Daouda Camara wasted a good chance with a mishit shot into the sidenetting.

The other quarter-finals are set for Saturday with Primeiro Agosto of Angola hosting Mazembe and Esperance at home to Etoile Sahel in an all-Tunisia affair.


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