With RS Berkane already qualified, fifteen other places remain to be filled in order to complete the classic quota for the group stage of the 2020-21 Total CAF Confederation Cup 2020-2021. Among the clubs in contention, a few took a serious option for qualifying this Sunday, including Stade Malien and Raja at home, Pyramids and DCMP away, as the first leg matches of the additional second preliminary round took place this weekend.
Last season Total Confederation Cup finalists Pyramids of Egypt almost put a leg in the group stage for the second season running, after outclassing hosts RC Abidjan of Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 at Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpé. Islam Issa scored a brace (29 and 85) to give Pyramids a huge advantage before the return leg in Cairo next weekend.
Elsewhere, Mali’s Stade Malien scored late to edge Algeria’s JS Kabylie 2-1 in Bamako. The Malians opened the scoring via Agiri Ngoda in the 28th minute after an assist of Issaka Samaké, who left a good impression during the just concluded Total CHAN, Cameroon 2020 leading Mali to the final.
Badreddine Souyad’s equalizer in the 53rd minute surprised the hosts. Tizi Ouzou's men believed they snatched a vital away draw until the 4th minute of added time when Madou Coulibaly scored the hosts’ winner from the spot.
In Casablanca, Morocco’s giants Raja needed Mahmoud Benhalib's lone goal after 35 minutes to overcome Tunisia’s US Monastir at Mohamed V Complex.
Meanwhile in Cairo, Libya’s Al Ahli Benghazi were held to a 1-1 draw by DR Congo’s DC Motema Pembe. Ahli Benghazi, who plays in Cairo due to the situation in Libya, opened the scoring in the 10th minute. But just before the break, Motema Pembe equalized via Darth Kabangu.
Originally scheduled in Angola’s capital Luanda, Primeiro de Agosto and Namungo FC of Tanzania fixture has been postponed.