The 2nd Preliminary Round of the 2021-22 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup kicked off on Friday with five games taking place.
South Africa debutants Marumo Gallants shocked DR Congo giants AS Vita 2-1 in Polokwane, while Kenya’s Gor Mahia and Burkina Faso returned home with vital away victories. Tanzanian debutants Biashara United had a convincing home win, as South Africa’s other representative Orlando Pirates returned from Congo with a goalless draw.
Marumo Gallants (South Africa) 2-1 AS Vita Club (DR Congo)
Marumo Gallants who are having their first season in CAF competitions surprised former African Champions AS Vita in Polokwane.
Celimpilo Ngema opened the scoring for the hosts after 19 minutes, and completed his personal brace two miunutes before the hour mark to give Gallants in a comfortable lead.
But Erick Kabwe pulled one back for Vita at the last minute to give The Black Dolpohins a lifeline as they are seeking a place in the next round.
AS Vita will host the return leg in Kinshasa next weekend where Gallants will look to avoid defeat to continue their fairytale debut.
☠ FT | CSMD Diables Noirs 0 - 0 @orlandopirates— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) October 15, 2021
It has been a topsy-turvy affair, but it ends scoreless with the two sides set to face off again at Orlando Stadium.
Diables Noirs (Congo) 0-0 Orlando Pirates (South Africa)
South Africa’s other representatives Orlando Pirates returned from Brazzaville with a goalless draw with hosts Diables Noirs.
Pirates’ new recruit Kwanda Mngonyama was his side’s man to thank, as the defender saved a handful of chances for the hosts especially in the first half.
The decider will be in Johannesburg next weekend.
Biashara United (Tanzania) 2-0 Al Ahli Tripoli (Libya)
Another debutants’ win came for Tanzania’s Biashara United, who defetaed Libyan visitors Al Ahli Tripoli 2-0 in Dar Es Salaam.
Judika Deogratious opened the scoring for the hosts five minutes from halftime, as Biashara took a deserved lead to the break.
In the second half, the Libyans searched for an equalizer, but were stunned a minute after the hour mark when Green Atupele doubled the hosts lead.
Al-Ahli Tripoli will try to make amend in the return leg next weekend in Benghazi.
Binga (Mali) 0-1 ASFA Yennenga (Burkina Faso)
Burkinabe visitors ASFA Yennenga moved a step closer to the Additional 2nd Preliminary Round, after returning from Bamako with a 1-0 lead over hosts Binga FC.
Sie Dieudonné Noufe scored what proved to be the game’s lone goal, as ASFA Yennenga now need to avoid defeat in the return leg that they will host in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire next weekend.
Al Ahly Merowe (Sudan) 1-3 Gor Mahia (Kenya)
Playing in Egyptian city of Suez, Sudanese Al Ahly Merowe looked comfortable after going to halftime leading 1-0. Ahmed Abok scored three minutes before the break to give the hosts advantage.
But they were shocked in the second half, as Gor Mahia responded in style. Samuel Onyango restored parity after 55 minutes, with Benson Omalla putting the Kenyans ahead ten minutes later.
Jules Ulimwengu made it 3-1 after 70 minutes as Gor Mahia takes a convincing lead to the second leg in Nairobi next weekend.