Confederation Cup: Coton and Etoile stage comebacks

African Confederation Cup Trophy
African Confederation Cup Trophy

Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel came from behind three times to edge past Zambia's Nkana 4-3 in the Confederation Cup this weekend.

The result put Etoile joint top of Group B with Egypt's Al Ahly who drew 1-1 in Ivory Coast with Sewe Sports.

A Ghazi Abderrazak own goal gave Nkana an early lead at Etoile as both sides chased a first win in the group stages.

Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah levelled off a spot-kick with his third goal in as many matches only for Evans Kangwa to score a second Zambian goal before half-time.

Substitute Khalil Bangoura equalised seven minutes into the second half, but Derrick Mwansa converted a 79th-minute penalty to nudge Nkana in front a third time.

But the Tunisians refused to accept defeat and after substitute Lassaad Jaziri levelled, Bangoura struck the winner from a rebound five minutes before time.

In the other Group B match Cameroonian Moussa Yedan found the net off a low cross on the stroke of half-time to put Ahly ahead against Sewe Sports.

Sewe fought back Ghana-born Edem Kouame Akrofi equalising, to give them a third draw in a row.

Ahly and Etoile have five points each, Sewe three and Nkana one going into the mid-group phase break with the next set of fixtures only at the end of July.

Group A pacesetters Cameroonians Coton Sport staged a thrilling comeback away to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast to win 3-2.

Coton Sport had Daouda Kamilou to thank for the victory after he scored two vital goals.

He gave the visitors the lead after 21 minutes only for Hugues Zagbayou to equalise for the hosts 13 minutes later.

Ibrahima Fofana then made it 2-1 to Asec just before half-time, but Coton Sport came back.

They equalised with 30 minutes remaining through a Zimbori penalty, with Kamilou popping up with his second in the final minute of the match to secure Coton Sport's win.

In the other Group A game Congo's AC Leopards triumphed 2-1 in Mali over Real Bamako.

Kader Bidimbou netted two minutes before time to earn shock 2012 Confederation Cup winners Leopards maximum points in Bamako.

The Congolese, who have never lost in the Malian capital, went ahead through Cesaire Gandze and Ali Badry Sylla equalised midway through the second half.

Coton have six points and Leopards four from two matches and Asec two and Real one from three matches.