JS Saoura scored a late goal to salvage a 2-2 draw away to AS Vita in a CAF Champions League clash at Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa on Saturday.
The DR Congo giants have drawn level with Al Ahly (who are in action later in the evening) on four points at the head of the standings, while the Algerian club remain in the ‘wooden spoon’ position despite the valuable point secured on the road.
Vita got off to a great start and claimed the lead in the 14ht minute, with Francy Kazadi Kasengu getting the better of goalkeeper Khaled Boukachem after some sloppy defending from the visitors.
The Black Dolphins were boosted by the early goal and went on to dominated the remainder of the half. Their impressive showing was rewarded with a second goal, this time from Jean-Marc Makusu, on 37 minutes.
Saoura had struggled to find their rhythm, but they gained a foothold in the game late in the half when Mohamed Amine Hammia converted a penalty to bring the score to 2-1 at the interval.
The second half saw Vita continue to boss the game, and they remained positive in outlook with the introduction of substitutes Luzolo Sita and Cedric Ondo Biyoghe. Saoura threatened sporadically on the break, but struggled to build up a head of steam.
The match looked destined to end in favour of the hosts, but Saoura’s Sid Yahia Cherif popped up in the 88th minute to net an equaliser and secure his team a share of the spoils.
The teams will have the return game, which is set to be played at Stade 20 du Aout 1995 in Bechar, on February 12.
AS Vita (2) 2 (Kasengu 14’, Makusu 37’)
JS Saoura (1) 2 (Hammia 45’, Cherif 88’)
Vita: Lukong, Bompiunga, Bangala, Muzinga, Shabani, Munganga, Ngoma, Kisinda (Biyoghe 59’), Makusu, Mbusa (Sita 69’), Kasengu (Moloko 82’)
Saoura: Boukachem, Bekakchi, Khoualed, Benhalima, Barka, Lahmri (Boukbouka 54’), Cherif, Ulimwengu (Boulaouidet 84’), Hammia (Hammar 75’), Tiboutine, Bouchiba