ASEC Mimosas were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Ittihad in Abidjan on Sunday afternoon, in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup’s round of 32 tie.
The Yellow and Black kicked off their 18th consecutive continental campaign with a rather disappointing result, and will have to turn the table around in Tripoli in three weeks' time’ to extend their journey in Africa’s second-tier club competition.
The Ivoirians dominated the first half under the leadership of attacking duo Cheick Moukoro and Zakri Krahiré, the latter putting the hosts ahead in the 42nd minute with a curling right-footed powerful effort from the left side of the box.
Coach Alain Gouaméné’s men tried to extend their lead after the break, but struggled to get past the Libyans’ very solid back line. And ASEC were caught on the counter-attack in the 72nd minute when substitute Yahaya Mohamed headed home the equaliser from close range.
Gouaméné sent Drissa Dagnogo and Karim Touré in to push for the winner in the final fifteen minutes, but the ‘Mimos’ had to settle for the draw at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium.
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