Stunning TotalEnergies Confederation Cup comeback by Mauritanian club Concorde

ASAC Concorde Maurotania

Concorde of Mauritania staged one of the great African club competition comebacks by walloping ASC Kara of Togo 4-0 on Sunday to squeeze into the second TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup qualifying round.

The team from the largely desert country in the north west of the continent entered the second leg of the preliminary round tie trailing 3-0 from the first encounter in Lome last weekend.

But a stunning recovery was completed five minutes into stoppage time in Nouakchott when Idrissa Thiam scored a fourth unanswered goal for Concorde to pull off a dramatic 4-3 aggregate triumph.

ASAC Concorde Mauritania

Demini Habib had put Concorde ahead seven minutes into the second leg and Saidou Barry scored a second goal for the Mauritanians nine minutes after half-time.

Bilal Maouloud netted seven minutes from time to increase the lead to three goals and bring the clubs level on aggregate in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

With a penalty shootout looming, Thiam struck and Concorde advanced to a round-of-32 date with JS Saoura of Algeria during October.

Concorde are making a third Confederation Cup appearance and hoping to progress beyond the first round proper for the first time.

The greatest comeback in a CAF club competition was staged by Simba of Tanzania in 1979 when they won 5-0 away to Mufulira Wanderers of Zambia in the African Cup of Champions Clubs after losing 4-0 at home.

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Cash-strapped Mali second-tier club Binga travelled an estimated 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) by road to fulfil a return match with Monrovia Club Breweries in Liberia, and triumphed 2-0.

Having built a 3-0 first-leg lead, the lower-league outfit advanced 5-0 overall and will face ASFA Yennenga of Burkina Faso next month.

Another second division side to progress were Bayelsa United of Nigeria, who defeated Ashanti Golden Boys Siguiri of Guinea 4-2 in a tie reduced to one match because of the recent Conakry coup.

Okardi Inikurogha starred for the Nigerians, scoring in each half, and the other Bayelsa goals came from Favour Martins and Emo James in Yenagoa, while Moussa Keita netted twice for the visitors.

The next opponents for Bayelsa will be CS Sfaxien, the Tunisian club who have won the Confederation Cup a record three times.

There was a shock result in Zambia, where African debutants CFF Andoharanofotsy from Madagascar defeated Kabwe Warriors 2-1 after the first leg had ended goalless.

The reward for the Malagasys is a tie against InterClube of Angola, who completed a comfortable passage to the next round by defeating Mafunzo of Zanzibar 3-0 in Luanda after taking a 1-0 first-leg lead.

AFP

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