2014 CAF Confederation Cup runners-up Séwé Sport suffered a 1-2 home defeat to AS Kaloum in Abidjan on Saturday, in the first leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round clash.
Malian Cheick Oumar Ballo put the visitors ahead in the 18th minute at the Robert Champroux Stadium after a poor clearance from the Ivoirian defence.
The Guinean side enjoyed most of the possession in the first half and had a second goal denied few minutes after the half hour mark when Congolese forward Kabongo Kassongo thought he had doubled the lead for the visitors.
Séwé appeared much more determined after the break and went close to the equaliser in the 65th minute, with Ousmane Bakayoko losing his one-on-one with Guinea international ‘keeper Abdoul Aziz Kéita.
However, the protégés of coach Rigo Gervais came back into the game four minutes later thanks to Jean-Christian Pathinvo.
The locals kept putting pressure on AS Kaloum in their quest for the three points but Mandala Konté sent the Guineans back in the lead against the run of play in the 75th minute.
The visitors could have even added to Séwé’s misery seven minutes from time when Ibrahima Sory Soumah hit the woodwork.
The Ivoirian champions are now left with no choice but to cause a big upset in Bamako in a fortnight to keep alive their dreams of African glory.