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CAF CL Round-up: Mamelodi Sundowns pick up big victory, Gor Mahia suffer disappointing defeat

Juma Balinya (c) and his teammates were held to a 1-1 draw by Zambian side Zesco United at the Benjamin Mkapa stadium, Tanzania

The first leg of the 2019/2020 CAF Champions League first-round qualifying ties were completed over the weekend, with different teams registering mixed results in the due course.

Football-256 focuses on the way different Ugandan players who were involved in the different games performed for their respective teams.

Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango led his club side Mamelodi Sundowns to a 5-0 away victory against Seychelleois minnows Cote d’or at Stade Linite Stadium on Saturday.

Tiyani Mabunda scored twice while Lyle Lakay, Sphelele Mkhulise and Wayne Arendse scored the others to give Pitso Mosimane’s side a commanding lead ahead of the return leg which will be played on Friday September 27th at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.

In Tanzania, Juma Balinya’s Yanga Africans settled for a one-all stalemate with Zambian outfits Zesco United, at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.

Patrick Sibomana gave Yanga Africans an early lead in the 25th minute through a spot kick, but Thabani Kamusoko equalized for Zesco United with four minutes to full time.

Joseph Ochaya’s TP Mazembe were held by Malagasy sprats Fosa Juniors FC, they played for a goalless draw at Stade Alexandre Rabemananjara on Sunday evening.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday September 29th at Stade TP Mazembe to determine the winner.

Meanwhile, Omar Salim Jamal Magoola was on cue to guide his side Al-Hilal to a goalless draw against Nigerian outfit Enyimba, on Sunday, at the Enyimba International Stadium.

Despite being reduced to ten men after Al-Hilal’s Bazar Hamid Nassir dismissal due to an off the ball incident in the 20th minute, Al-Hilal managed to secure a goalless away draw. The two sides will face off again on Sunday September 29th at Al-Hilal Stadium.

Uganda Cranes defender Salim Jamal was superb in goal for his Sudanese side Al-Hilal against Enyimba at the at the Enyimba International Stadium, Nigeria

Murushid Juuko’s Wydad Casablanca secured an easy 2-0 success over Mauritania’s Nouadhibou courtesy of a Mohammed Nahiri brace at Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya on Sunday evening.

Elsewhere, Shafik Batambuze and his side Gor Mahia’s dream of making it to the group stages of the CAF Champions League suffered a major blow as they fell 4-1 to USM Alger in the first leg.

Mohamed Meftah and Zakaria Benchaa scored twice each for USM while Kenneth Muguna scored the consolation for Gor Mahia.

Gor Mahia who were engulfed in a financial crisis days before the tie, only for the Kenyan Government swooped in to pay for their trip to Algeria, need a 3-0 score line in the second leg at home to eliminate their opponents when they meet on Sunday 29th, September 2019 at Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.

Meanwhile Uganda’s representatives in the competition KCCA played to a goalless draw away to Petro de Luanda at the 11th Novembro stadium, Angola.  

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