20 February 2018 06:57
Masters Security of Malawi bowed out with some pride after playing out a goalless draw with Angolan giants, Petro de Luanda, at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Tuesday afternoon.
The odds were stacked against Masters in this second-leg of the preliminary round after a 5-0 loss in the first-leg played at 11 Novembre Stadium in Luanda last week.
But Masters, who threw more men in attack, showed strong character in front of a partisan home crowd.
However, the hosts were let down by strikers Juma Yatina and Vincent Nyangulu’s poor finishing as they failed to trouble Petro goalkeeper Gerson.
From the first whistle, it was clear that Petro, who date SuperSport United of South Africa in the next round 5-0 on aggregate, were in Lilongwe just to defend their lead.
Masters were making their debut in the continental competition, barely a season after earning promotion to Malawi’s top-flight league.
After the final whistle, Masters coach Abasi Makawa was happy with the performance of his charges but not the result whereas his opposite number Beto Bianchi lauded his charges for sailing through.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Masters Security (Malawi) 0-0 Petro Atletico (Angola) (0-5)
Cape Town City (South Africa) vs Young Buffaloes (Swaziland) (1-0)
Hafia (Guinea) vs Energie (Benin) (0-1)
Anse Reunion (Seychelles) 1-2 APR (Rwanda) (0-4)
Port Louis (Mauritius) vs Ngazi Sport (Comoros) (1-1)
Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea) 1-0 New Stars (Cameroon) (1-2)
CS la Mancha (Congo) vs Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) (0-0)
CR Belouizdad (Algeria) vs Onze Createurs (Mali) (1-1)
Green Buffaloes (Zambia) 2-1 El Masry (Egypt) (0-4)
Gendarmerie (Djibouti) vs Simba (Tanzania) (0-4)
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Jwaneng (Botswana) vs Costa do Sol (Mozambique) (0-1)
FOSA Juniors (Madagascar) vs AFC Leopards (Kenya) (1-1)
Maniema Union (DR Congo) vs Mangasport (Gabon) (1-0)
Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso) vs Olympic Star (Burundi) (0-0)
Hawks (Gambia) vs Akwa United (Nigeria) (2-1)
Sahel (Niger) vs Al Ittihad (Libya) (0-1)
CARA (Congo) vs Asante Kotoko (Ghana) (0-1)
Mbour Petite Cote (Senegal) vs RS Berkane (Morocco) (1-2)
FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania) vs Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire) (1-1)
Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia) vs Zimamoto (Zanzibar) (1-1)