Raja and Enyimba roar, CECAFA club’s shine

Raja and Enyimba roar, CECAFA club’s shine
Enyimba striker Sibi Gwar

by Kalumiana Kalumiana

Monday Feb 16, 2015. 12:23

Two former winners Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Nigeria giants Enyimba over the weekend picked up resounding results in their respective preliminary round, first leg ties of the 2015 CAF Champions League.

Three-time winners Raja where 4-0 winners at home over Congo-Brazzaville club Diables Noirs on Friday.

Ivorian Kouko Guehi put Raja ahead in the 10th minute, Nigerian Christian Osaguona made it 2-0 in 79th minute while Adil Karrouchy and Abdeljalil Jbira scored a goal each in stoppage time.

In Nigeria, two-time champions Enyimba of Nigeria beat Buffles de Borgou of Benin 3-0.

However, it was the East African clubs who stole the spotlight over the weekend with impressive home and away results.

Two out of the seven matches involving that regions clubs’ were CECAFA derbies with the biggest one coming on Sunday when ambitious Tanzania club Azam shocked El Merreikh of Sudan 2-0 in Dar-es-Salaam.

Didier Kavumbagu and John Bocco were on target for the homeside in the 7th and 71st minutes respectively.

Sudan’s reputation was redeemed by El Merreikh’s Khartoum archrivals Al Hilal who won their CECAFA derby albeit against weakener opponent when they defeated KMKM of Zanzibar 2-0 on Sunday in Khartoum .

In Kampala on Saturday, KCCA beat ten-man Cosmos de Bafia of Cameroon 1-0 thanks to an 82nd minute goal by Herman Wassawa.

Kenya giants Gor Mahia also beat an opponent from outside the CECAFA zone when they defeated minnows CNaPS of Comoros 1-0 in Nairobi on Saturday.

Victor Ali Abondo converted a 2nd minute penalty for Gor Mahia at Nyayo Stadium.

In Maputo, APR of Rwanda picked up a vital a scoreless away draw against Liga Muculmana on Sunday, Saint George of Ethiopia went down 1-0 away to El Eulma of Algeria while LLB Academic of Burundi finished 0-0 in Bujumbura with Angolan big spenders Kabuscorp.

CAF Champions League Preliminary Round, First Leg Results

Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 Township Rollers
Smouha 0-1 Al Ahli Tripoli
COB 2-0 Moghreb Tetouan
Raja Casablanca 4-0 Diables Noir
St Michel 1-1 Mamelodi Sundowns
KCCA 1-0 Cosmos de Bafia
Gor Mahia 1-0 CNaPS Sport
Al Malakia 0-2 Kano Pillars
Recreativo 3-1 Sanga Balande
Mangasport 1-0 Bantu
LLB Academic 0-0 Kabuscorp
Sewe Sport 1-2 Kaloum Star
Real Banjul 1-1 BYC
Pikine 1-0 Etoile Filante
El Eulma 1-0 St George
Fomboni 0-1 Big Bullets
Azam 2-0 El Merreikh
Liga Muculmana 0-0 APR
Mbabane Swallows 1-1 Zesco United
USM Alger 3-0 Foullah Edifice
Al Hilal 2-0 KMKM

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