Etoile Sahel and Asec Mimosas both advance in Confed Cup
Former African champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia and Ivorians Asec Mimosas are both through to the second round of the Caf Confederation Cup, following contrasting fortunes at home.
Etoile hammered Congo Brazzaville outfit CARA 3-0 thanks to goals from Ghezal, Slama and Lahmar to overtake a first-leg 1-0 deficit. Asec were grateful for a 3-1 first leg win after being held 1-1 at home by Malians CO Bamako.
Diarra had given Bamako an early lead, only for Koffi to equalise for Asec just before halftime.
Elsewhere, Zimbabweans How Mine got a huge fright on the island of Seychelles before advancing to the last 16 of Africa's second-tier club competition. Leading 5-1 from the first leg of their first round qualifier, the gold miners who work close to Bulawayo must have believed they were certain to progress.
But Seychellois opponents Saint Michel United had other ideas and by half-time were leading 3-0 at home through a Jocelyn Fenosoa brace and an Alex Nibourette goal. Another goal in the second half would have won the tie for the Islanders and would have matched the greatest comeback in the 11-year history of the tournament. Mount Cameroon wiped out a 5-1 away loss to South Africans Ajax Cape Town in a 2008 qualifier by scoring five unanswered second-leg goals.
There was one goal scored after the break, but it came from leading How marksman Kudakwashe Musharu to leave Saint Michel 3-1 winners on the day but 6-4 losers overall. Musharu's six-goal tally makes him the leading Confederation Cup scorer this season, one ahead of Malagasy Fenosoa.
The miners, promoted to top-flight Zimbabwean football only last year, are lucky to be competing internationally. They lost the FA Cup final 3-0 to Highlanders, but secured a passport to Africa as their opponents are serving a three-year Caf ban.
The reward for How Mine is a second-round showdown against 2009 semi-finalists Nigerians Bayelsa United. Peter Ebimobowei scored midway through the first half and Jafar Buhari 12 minutes after half-time as Bayelsa defeated Congo Brazzaville visitors Kondzo 2-0 following a goalless first leg. Defensively strong United face a How Mine side that has averaged three goals a game in eliminating Zanzibaris Chuoni, and Saint Michel.
Ghanaians Medeama progressed despite a 2-1 loss against 2011 Confederation Cup winners Moghreb Fes. Brazilian Cleiton Januario Franco scored in each half for Fes, but it was an early second half own goal by Mohamed Bamaamar that settled the tie. Leading 3-0 from the first leg, the blunder brought Medeama level at 1-1 on the night and left the Moroccans needing to score at least four goals in 42 minutes.
In other Confederation Cup first round second legs, Winston Kalengo netted to give Zambians Zesco United a 1-0 win on the day and on aggregate against Mozambicans Ferroviario Beira, and a late Mohammed Siela goal gave Sudanese Al-Ahly Shendy a 1-0 home win over AS Kigali, but the Rwandans clinched the tie 5-4 on post-match penalties.