Côte d’Ivoire’s ASEC Mimosas, Mali’s Stade Malien and Niger US Gendermerie clinched home wins in the first leg of the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup Additional 2nd Preliminary Round on Sunday while Orlando Pirates picked a vital 2-0 victory away from home.
At the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, ASEC pit in a brilliant second half fight to beat Angola’s Interclube 2-0 and put themselves firmly in control of the tie.
Karim Konate struck a second half brace to hand the home side victory after a goalless first half. Konate broke the deadlock three minutes after the break before he doubled the tally at the stroke of 90 minutes.
Heading into the return tie next weekend, any kind of draw will take the Ivorian outfit through.
At the Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, South African giants Orlando Pirates picked a similar 2-0 victory over Liberian hosts LPRC Oilers.
Tshegofatso Mabasa and Fortune Makaringe scored a goal each in the extreme ends of either half to hand The Bucaneers an edge heading to the return leg in Johannesburg.
The home side would have taken the lead after 39 minutes off the penalty spot after a handball inside the box, but goalkeeper Ebenezer Solo who stepped up to take responsibility blasted his effort over.
They were immediately punished when Terrence Dzvukamanja put Mabasa through, the latter slotting the ball home with a minute left to halftime.
Oilers put in a fight to try get themselves back into contention in the second half, but they couldn’t get a goal to sway their energy back.
They were instead punished in the second minute of added time when Makaringe headed home from close range to all but surely seal the win for his side.
In Niger, home side Gendermarie also picked a 2-0 victory when they beat DC Motema Pembe of the DR Congo with goals in the 49th and 74 minutes.
In Bamako, Aly Sisoko scored the lone goal as Stade Malien beat Libya’s Al Ahli Tripoli by a solitary goal. Elsewhere, Mauritania’s FC Nouadhibou were held to a goalless draw by Cotonsport of Cameroon.