Two-time African champions Esperance Tunis enjoyed a 1-0 away win over Cosmos de Bafia in Douala on Sunday, in the first leg of their CAF Champions League’s round of 32 tie.
A lone goal from Ghana international full-back Harrisson Afful on the stroke of full time secured the victory for the visitors at the Reunification Stadium.
Following a goalless first half with both teams unable to convert their chances, the Cameroonians found the back of the net in the 56th minute to see their opener disallowed as the ball had gone out of play.
Under heavy pressure from the hosts in the last thirty minutes, the ‘Blood and Gold’ had keeper Moez Ben Cherifia to thank for keeping Cosmos at bay, and even managed to grab the winner with one minute to go when Afful pushed the ball into the net following a great solo effort from substitute Samuel Eduok.
Ahmed Akaichi fired home in added time but the flag had gone up for an offside position.
The Tunisian giants will try to finish the job when they host Cosmos in Radès in the return leg in three weeks’ time.
ESPÉRANCE TUNIS LINEUP AGAINST COSMOS DE BAFIA
Moez Ben Cherifia, Sameh Derbali, Hatem Bejaoui, Larbi Jabeur, Chamseddine Dhaouadi, Houcine Ragued, Ghailène Chaalali, Mohamed Ben Mansour (Samuel Eduok 59'), Driss Mhirsi (Oussama Darragi 66'), Harrisson Afful, Joseph Yannick Ndjeng (Ahmed Akaichi 77')