Victories for former winners as Champions League group stage starts in style

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The group stage of the 2019-20 Total CAF Champions League kicked off last weekend, with a bunch of former champions including holders Esperance, five times champions TP Mazembe, JS Kabylie, Etoile and Mamelodi Sundowns recording precious victories.

Action continues next weekend with Match Day 2 scheduled on Friday (6 December) and Saturday (7 December 2019).

Group A

DR Congo giants TP Mazembe proved too strong for fellow former champions Zamalek of Egypt, prevailing 3-0 at the TP Mazembe stadium in Lubumbashi. Mulota Kabangu came from the bench to produce a “Man of the Match” performance, setting all three goals for “Les Corbeaux”. Jackson Muleka headed twice past Zamalek goalkeeper Mohamed Awwad (60, 84), while veteran Tresor Mputu cemented his place as All-time CAF interclub top scorer, netting in between (66).

In Luanda, Zambia’s Zesco United held Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto to a 1-1 draw, with both goals coming in the first 16 minutes. Agostino Cristovao Mabululu gave the hosts the lead after 9 minutes, only for Clement Mwape to equalize for the Zambian Electricity Boys seven minutes later.

As it stands

1. TP Mazembe – 3 points

2. Zesco United – 1 point

2. Primeiro de Agosto – 1 point

4. Zamalek – 0 points

What’s next?

07.12.2019 Cairo             Zamalek v Primeiro de Agosto

07.12.2019 Ndola            Zesco United v TP Mazembe

Highlights of Day One matches

Group B

Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel emerged victorious from “The Battle of Red Devils”, defeating Egyptian rivals Al Ahly 1-0 at Rades. Veteran Yacine Chikhaoui scored the lone goal five minutes into the second half, as Etoile made use of their numerical advantage. Al Ahly played for almost 80 miutes with a man less after defender Ayman Ahsraf received his marching orders in the 13th minute.

In Omdurman, Mohamed Eldai scored a brace (26, 70) for Sudanese ginats Al Hilal as they defeated visitors Platinum of Zimbabawe 2-1. A late goal from Never Tigere eight minutes from time proved just a consolation for the Zimbabweans.

As it stands

1. Al Hilal – 3 points

2. Etoile du Sahel – 3 points

3. Platinum – 0 points

4. Al Ahly – 0 points

What’s next?

06.12.2019 Cairo             Al Ahly v Al Hilal

07.12.2019 Bulawayo     Platinum v Etoile du Sahel

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Group C

Former champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa started their mini league campaign in style, with a home 3-0 victory over Angola’s Petro de Luanda in Pretoria. Mauricio Affonso (7), Motjeka Madisha (29) and Sphelele Mkhulise (76) scored for “The Brazilians” who prevailed from the first whistle till the very end.

Two times champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco scored in the very last minute to salvage a point in Blida. Algerian hosts USM Alger led through Abdelkrim Zouari 5th minute goal till the penultimate minute when Badie Aouk equalized for the visitors.

As it stands

1. Mamelodi Sundowns – 3 points

2. Wydad – 1 point

2. USM Alger – 1 point

4. Petro de Luanda – 0 points

What’s next?

07.12.2019 Luanda         Petro de Luanda v USM Alger

07.12.2019 Casablanca  Wydad v Mamelodi Sundowns

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Group D

Holders Esperance kicked off their campaign with an emphatic away victory over Moroccan giants Raja in Casablanca. The Tunisians who claimed the last two titles scored twice in the first quarter hour through Anice Badri (8) and Ibrahim Ouattara (15) to start their title defense campaign in grand style.

Meanwhile in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria’s JS Kabylie celebrated their return to the group stage after almost ten years away with a hard fought victory over DR Congo’s AS Vita. Toufik Addadi scored after 66 minutes to hand “The Canary” their first mini league victory since 2010.

As it stands

1. Esperance – 3 points

2. JS Kabylie – 3 points

3. AS Vita – 0 points

4. Raja – 0 points

What’s next?

06.12.2019 Kinshasa       AS Vita v Raja

06.12.2019 Rades            Esperance v JS Kabylie

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