Al-Zamalek player Ayman Hefny (C), Stanley Ohawuch (R) and Hossam Salama "Paulo" (L) celebrates a goal during the African Champions League (CAF)
Monday Mar 13, 2017. 11:00
AfricanFootball wraps up Sunday’s action in the 2017 CAF Champions League, which featured a big win for Egyptian heavyweights Zamalek.
The White Knights powered to an emphatic 4-1 win over Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers in Cairo, with goals from Stanley Ohawuchi, Hossam Salama, Aymen Hefni and Mostafa Fathi. Rangers claimed an away goal through Bobby Clement to give them a slim hope of turning the tie in the return leg next weekend.
Rangers’ compatriots Rivers United enjoyed a much better afternoon with a 3-0 home win over Sudan’s Al Merrikh, while DR Congo giants TP Mazembe will be unhappy with a 1-1 draw at home to Zimababwe’s CAPS United, who struck a potentially decisive away goal through Brian Abbas Amidu early in the game.
Another DRC side, AS Vita, picked up a 1-1 draw away to Gambia Ports Authority, while Ethiopian giants Saint George took a major step toward the next round with a 1-0 win away to AC Leopards in Dolisie.
Coton Sport, Al Ahli Tripoli and Ferroviario Beira secured home wins over CNaPS Sports, FUS Rabat and Barrack Young Controllers respectively, while the late games saw powerhouses Al Hilal and Etoile du Sahel rack up 3-0 home wins over AS Port Louis and AS Tanda respectively.
The second leg matches will be played on the weekend of 17-19 March, with the 16 winners advancing to the second round.
CAF Champions League results, Sunday 12 March
Gambia Ports Authority 1-1 AS Vita
Zamalek 4-1 Enugu Rangers
Rivers United 3-0 Al Merrikh
AC Leopards 0-1 Saint George
Coton Sport 1-0 CNaPS Sport
Al Ahli Tripoli 2-0 FUS Rabat
TP Mazembe 1-1 CAPS United
Ferroviario Beira 2-0 Barrack Young Controllers
Al Hilal 3-0 AS Port Louis 2000
Etoile du Sahel 3-0 AS Tanda