A solitary strike by Tresor Mukendi for AC Leopards was enough to hand the Congolese side the three points when they beat Zamalek 1-0 at the Stade de Municipal in Dolisie on Sunday afternoon.
Although they remain positioned at number three with four points, the win could make a difference for the hosts as they managed to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Although the hosts showed hunger among the two sides, they managed to create chances, but a clear-cut opportunity for the Congolese was wasted when Abou-Gabal made the save for the White Knights in the first half.
Zamalek’s coach Jesualdo Ferreira tried to bring in some fresh legs in his quest for an equaliser. Mohamed Ibrahim came in for Gaber and Gomaa came in for Mostafa Fathi, but his charges failed to ignite.
Despite the loss, the White Knights still top the group as they have nine points from four matches, but the loss could be seen as a slip up.
Ferrerira’s men will now have to dig deep in search of a victory and keep their semi-final hopes alive. Their next fixture is against Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien on August 23 who are still licking their wounds after their 2-0 loss against South Africa’s Orlando Pirates.
AC Leopards: (0) 1 (Mukendi 61’)
Zamalek: (0) 0
AC Léopards: Lawrence Ngome, Abouna Ndzana, Boris Moubhio, Magnokele Bissiki, Michel Mvondo, Ntela Kalema, Cesaire Gandze, Kader Bidimbou, Tresor Mukenga, Carof Bakoua, Junior Makiesse
Zamalek: Abou-Gabal; Tolba, Koffi, Gabr, Hazem; Hamed, Moruf, Gaber; Kahraba, Fathi, Morsi