Club Africain extend lead at the top, Dreams overcome Rivers United


Tunisia’s Club Africain extended their Group C lead in the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup Match Day 2 fixtures on Sunday, 03 December with an emphatic 3-1 away win over Angola’s Academica do Lobito.

The Tunisians have now collected maximum points in their two opening group stage matches after last weekend’s home win over Dreams FC of Ghana.

A brace by Bassem Srarfi in the 46th and 75th minute accompanied by Hamdi Labidi’s strike in the 53rdminute were enough to see off the Angolans who had their consolation goal scored by Samuel Cachimbombo at the hour mark.

In Mali, Stade Malien played host to 2021/22 champions, RS Berkane of Morocco who also continued their fine form in the group stages with a hard fought 2-1 away win.

Paul Bassene’s brace in the 30th and 37th minute against a solitary strike in the 71st minute by Mamadou Traore ensured the Moroccans go home with the important victory and remain unbeaten in Group D.

The much-anticipated West African duel between Ghana’s Dreams FC and Rivers United of Nigeria lived up to the hype as the two sides produced a highly entertaining West African encounter.

Following their crushing 2-0 away defeat to Club Africain last weekend, Dreams were under pressure to get a result that would keep their campaign alive as they welcomed a high in confidence United who cruised past Academica do Lobito 3-0 in the opening group C matches.

It was however the hosts who had the better game plan as a goal by John Antwi in the 35th minute along with Abdul Issah’s strike in the 74th minute were enough to see off the Nigerians who found a consolation goal in the dying moments courtesy of Alex Oyowah.

In the final Group A encounter for Sunday, Modern Future held on to a 2-1 lead in an away clash to Al Hilal Benghazi to move level on points with USM Alger at the top of the group.

The dramatic match which produced a red card to Ali El Fil in the 70th minute had all the ingredients of a classic African club football encounter.

Al Hilal grabbed the lead as early as the 3rd minute from Jaefar Adrees which took them to the break with the heads held up.

However, the Egyptians came back stronger and found the equalizer in the 65th minute through Marwan Mohsen, and with the game destined for a stalemate, Kajally Drammeh found the all-important winner for the Egyptians to give them the 2-1 win that see them remain unbeaten.