Clubs run riot in goal frenzy as Berkane tighten grip


The TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup exploded back into life on Wednesday as several clubs recorded emphatic victories in a goal frenzy across the continent.

Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien thrashed Nigerian visitors Rivers United 3-0 to strengthen their grip on Group C.

Nigerian striker Kingsley Eduwo bagged a first-half brace against his countrymen before Rami Bedoui sealed the rout after 62 minutes.

In the group's other game earlier in the day, Ghana's Dreams FC also boosted their chances in devastating fashion by hammering Academica Lobito 4-0.

Talented youngster Abdul Aziz Issah inspired his side in Kumasi by scoring a wonder goal from 40 yards and set up another as they hammered the visiting Angolan side.

Modern Future and Zamalek of Egypt played out dour goalless draws with USM Alger of Algeria and Sagrada Esperanca respectively.

But the flops were matched by several sides flexing their goalscoring muscles elsewhere.

SuperSport United edged Al Hilal Benghazi 2-1 and Stade Malien beat Sekhukhune United 1-0.

While Libya's Abu Salim saw off SOAR Coyah of Guinea 2-0 thanks to strikes from Mahmoud Al Boushi and Hussam El Ouani.

Meanwhile, Moroccan side Renaissance Berkane fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Diables Noirs on Wednesday to strengthen their position atop TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup Group D.

Congolese striker Alves Ngakosso-Oko gave the hosts a surprise lead on 43 minutes.

But Youssef Zghoudi equalised for two-time winners TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup Berkane soon after half-time.

The point takes Berkane onto 10 points after four games to stand on the verge of the knockout phase.

Bottom club Diables Noirs remain stuck on just one point but gave the Moroccans, who won the competition in 2020 and 2022, a real test.

The match exploded into life when Ngakosso-Oko pounced to give Diables Noirs hope heading into the break.

Yet Berkane showed their champion quality with Zghoudi sweeping home the leveller on 53 minutes.

Both sides pressed for a winner but ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The stalemate still represented an excellent result for Berkane against plucky opponents who played the last half-hour with 10 men after Janard Mbemba's red card.



Diables Noirs 1 - 1 RSB Berkane
Modern Future 0 - 0 USM Alger
Sagrada Esperança 0 - 0 Zamalek
Dreams 4 - 0 Académica do Lobito
Stade Malien Bamako 1 - 0 Sekhukhune United
SuperSport United 2 - 1 Al Hilal
SOAR Coyah 0 - 2 Abu Salim
Club Africain 3 - 0 Rivers United



Chokri Khatoui (Abu Salim SC head coach):

“There are very few teams in this competition who achieved three wins in a row. However, it was far from easy against an opponent with zero points and who therefore had nothing to lose. We are not yet qualified for the quarter-finals because Sagrada Esperança remains a threat. To ensure qualification without waiting for our confrontation with this team on the last day, we have to beat Zamalek."
Adda Benamar (SOAR Coyah head coach):
“Our opponent was superior to us at all levels, whether physically, tactically or collectively. The championship has not yet resumed in Guinea and we have just played four official matches in a row with no official competition beforehand. . My players are young. They are learning what is the high level."