Juma Abdul Jaffar Mnyamani of Young Africans SC during the CAF Confederation Cup between Medeama SC and Young Africans 26 july 2016 playing in Sekondi Ghana © Christian Thompson/BackpagePix
Monday Feb 13, 2017. 10:00
The first leg matches of the 2017 CAF Champions League’s preliminary round were brought to a close with seven matches on Sunday.
Tanzania’s Young Africans put one foot in the next round with a comprehensive 5-1 away win over Comoros’ Ngaya Club, while Al Ahly Tripoli also took major strides toward qualification with a 3-1 away triumph over Ghanaian champions Wa All Stars.
The rest of the matches were more closely contested. Cameroon’s Coton Sport defeated Atlabara 2-0 at home, but will have a tough return trip to South Sudan next weekend. It’s the same story for AC Leopards, Barrack Young Controllers and Gambia Ports Authority, all 1-0 home winners over USM, Stade Malien and Sewe Sports respectively.
The trio of losers from Cameroon, Mali and Ivory Coast will fancy their chances of overturning the deficits when they play hosts for the return games. Finally, Ela Nguema of Equatorial Guinea held Sudanese giants Al-Merrikh to a goalless draw in Malabo.
The 23 preliminary round ties will be completed with second-leg matches next weekend, 17-19 February.
CAF Champions League preliminary round, first leg results:
Sunday 12 February
Ngaya Club 1-5 Young Africans
Wa All Stars 1-3 Al Ahly Tripoli
Coton Sport 2-0 Atlabara
AC Leopards 1-0 USM de Loum
Barrack Young Controllers 1-0 Stade Malien
Gambia Ports 1-0 Sewe Sports
Ela Nguema 0-0 Al-Merrikh