Tunisia's Sfaxien return to form in Confederation Cup

CS Sfaxien coach Nestor Clausen
Clausen has been tasked with reviving CS Sfaxien

Tunisian club CS Sfaxien thrashed Young Sports Academy of Cameroon 5-0 in the first leg of their African Confederation Cup last-32 tie in Sfax on Saturday.

Senegalese Walliou Ndoye gave the hosts a ninth-minute lead and Karim Aouadhi converted two penalties before half-time.

Further goals from Alaa Marzouki and Ndoye served notice that Sfaxien are aiming to emulate the title-winning teams of 2007, 2008 and 2013.

Sfaxien are now guided by Argentina 1986 World Cup winner Nestor Clausen (pictured) - who joined the club last November after spells with clubs in his homeland, Bolivia, Switzerland, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Ecuador.

The Tunisian club's last appearance in this tournament was a massive disappointment as they failed to win any of six 2015 group games and lost four.

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Elsewhere in Africa's second tier club competition, JS Kabylie of Algeria, the most decorated of the 32 contenders with six African titles, were grateful to goalkeeper Malek Asselah for a 0-0 away draw at Etoile of Congo Brazzaville.

He saved a second-half penalty and left the "Canaries" in a strong position to reach play-offs next month against the African Champions League last-32 losers.

Vipers of Uganda celebrated opening a new stadium in Kampala by edging Platinum Stars of South Africa 1-0 thanks to a Milton Karisa header just after half-time.

Brazilian Fabricio Simoes bagged a brace as Recreativo Libolo of Angola beat Platinum Ngezi of Zimbabwe 2-1 in Calulo, south of Luanda.

Liberty Chakoroma scored a potentially crucial away goal for African newcomers Platinum, who host the return match next weekend.

Sanga Balende of the Democratic Republic of Congo,Kaloum of Guinea and Onze Createurs of Mali established 1-0 advantages at home in other first legs.

Pedro Kungemena scored for Sanga Balende against Al Hilal Al Obeid of Sudan in Lubumbashi and Aboubacar Sylla was the Kaloum match-winner in Conakry against Ittihad Tanger of Morocco.

On Friday, Smouha of Egypt made a dazzling Confederation Cup debut by trouncing Ulinzi Stars of Kenya 4-0.

Ahmed Raouf scored an early goal in the 85,000-seat Borg El Arab Stadium and Islam Mohareb doubled the lead before half-time.

With the visitors threatening to reduce the deficit, Smouha grabbed a disputed third goal through Mahmoud Abdel Aziz with Ulinzi claiming Saruni was fouled.

Raouf turned creater for the final goal four minutes from time and Mohareb applied the finishing touch via a volley.

Smouha are coached by Moamen Soliman, who guided Cairo club Zamalek to the African Champions League final last season.

Zesco United of Zambia and Mouloudia Alger of Algeria used home advantage to build 2-0 leads in their matches.

Goals from Jackson Mwanza and Kondwani Mtonga brought 2016 Champions League semi-finalists Zesco victory in Ndola over Le Messager Ngozi of Burundi.

Democratic Republic of Congo club Renaissance contained Mouloudia for 57 minutes in Algiers before Sid Ahmed Aouadj scored and Rachid Bouhanna added a second goal.

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