The 2021/22 Caf Champions League preliminary round 1 fixture were concluded on Sunday with over 10 matches played at various match centres across the continent. There were stunning results and lots of goals and here, we bring to you up-to-speed with all that transpired by way of the results.
APR and Banadir settled their match in normal time with the Rwandans emerging victorious on home soil courtesy of a 2-1 following the goalless stalemate in Somalia a week ago. Goals from Djabel Manishimwe and Karera Hassan in the second half for the home side cancelled out Marc Olivier Boue Bi’s first-half opener for the visitors. APR will next take on Etoile du Sahel.
Maniema Union ran out 2-0 winners against Bouenguidi on home turf to complete a 3-1 aggregate win following their 1-1 draw in the first leg in Gabon last week. Mickael Wango Mbabu and Kitwa Kalowa scored in the first half to give the host the lead and with no further goals in the second half, the Congolese advanced at the expense of their Gabonese counterparts. Maniema will face Mamelodi Sundowns in the next round.
AS Otohô d’Oyo of Congo and UD Songo of Mozambique were separated by penalties after the match ended 1-0 in favour of the Congolese. That meant a 1-1 aggregate and had to go to penalties which the former won 4-3 to advance to the next stage. They will play Petro de Luanda in the next round.
Al Hilal Omdurman and Fasil Ketema played out a 1-1 draw in Sudan with goals from Mohamed Abdel Rahman Yousif in the first half and Surafel Dagnachew in the second half cancelling out each other. The Sudanese however advanced on away goal after it ended 3-3 aggregate over the two legs. Al Hilal will travel to face Rivers United in the first keg of the round 2 qualifiers in the second week of October.
Rivers United were 1-0 winners against Young Africans from Tanzania. Uche Onwuasonaya scored a late goal to snatch victory for Rivers. That ended the round with a 2-0 aggregate to see the Nigerian side advance to book a date with Sudanese side Al Hilal Omdurman.
Accra Hearts of Oak won 2-0 against Club Industriel de Kamsar from Guinea. The only match in the round to be played over one leg ended with two late goals from Kofi Kordzi and Salim Adams for the Ghanaians sealed qualification to the next round and a date with Morrocan side Wydad AC.
ASKO de Kara despite a 2-0 win at home against LPRC Oilers still bowed out of the competition following a 0-3 defeat in the first leg in Liberia. LPRC Oilers will play Raja Casablanca in the next round.
Al-Ittihad produced another 2-0 victory over Tanzania side KMKM to advance to the next round with a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate win. Mohamed Zubya and Youssef Kara scored in the second half to secure the win for the Libyans. That win sets them up against ES Tunis in the next round.
Al-Merrikh secured a lone goal victory at home against Ugandan side Express FC to advance on away goal after the first leg ended 1-2 in Uganda last week. Ahmed Hamid Al-Tash scored the only goal with barely a quarter of an hour to end the game. Al-Merrikh will play Zanaco in the next round.
ASEC Mimosa had a double over Teungueth over the two legs. Karim Konate scored the only goal in the match at the Stade Robert Champroux in Marcory, Abidjan to secure the win for ASEC who advanced on a 2-0 aggregate. They will face Belouizdad in the next round.
ES Setif secured a 5-4 penalty shoot out victory over Fortune FC. Fortune won the first leg 3-0 in the Gambia last week but watched on as Setif rallied back to level the scores on aggregate with a comprehensive 3-0 win at home in Algeria. Two goals in the first 20 minutes of the game set the comeback rally for the Algerians and the return was completed with a 67th-minute goal to ensure the sides were separated on penalties after regulation time.ES Setif will take on Nouadhibu in the next round.
CR Belouizdad secured a 2-0 win at home against Nigerian side Akwa United to advance to the next round and book a date with ASEC Mimosa. The Nigerian side won 1-0 in the first leg in Nigeria but was powerless when the Algerians started a comeback fight with a goal in the 71st minute. That soon followed with a penalty in the 84th-minute which was scored to complete the comeback and dump Akwa out of the competition. The Algerians will take on Ivorian side ASEC Mimosa in the next round.
The rest of the fixtures for the preliminary round 2 are as follows:
AmaZulu (South Africa) vs TP Mazembe(Congo)
Jwaneng Galaxy(Botswana) vs Simba(Tanzania)
Stade Malien Bamako(Mali) vs Horoya(Guinea)
USGN(Niger) vs Al Ahly(Egypt)
Sagrada Esperanca(Angola) vs Royal Leopards(Eswatini)
Tusker(Kenya) vs Zamalek(Egypt)