The first day of the CAF Cup was difficult for the teams on the road. No away wins were recorded.
Once again eliminated early in the CAF Champions League, TP Mazembe has been relegated to the CAF Cup. And the Crows are hoping to repeat the same feat as in 2016 and 2017. Both times they went for the trophy. The Congolese are off to a good start in the group stage. In front of their public in Lubumbashi, they have tamed Real of Bamako (3-0).
Kitambala (24th), N'gonga (38th) and Mwamba (90th) are the scorers of the Congolese club. Coulibaly had managed to equalize in the 32nd minute for the Malians. But it was short-lived. The Congolese take the first place in group D ahead of US Monastir, winner of Young Africans (2-0).
Aymen Mahious returns and scores
In group A also, Marumo Gallants has been a success. The South Africans have easily mastered the Libyans of Al Akhdar (4-1). They take the first place of the group A in front of USM Alger. The Algerian club has also martyred at home FC Lupopo (3-0). Bousseliou scored twice and Aymen Mahious, last week's African vice-champion, scored the third goal.
For this first day, there was no victory on the road. It was AS Far Rabat who came closest. The Moroccans led 2-1 at Pyramids FC. But the Egyptians ended up equalizing.
CAF Cup: Day 1 results
Pyramids 2-2 FAR Rabat
USM Alger 3-0 Saint Eloi Lupopo
Marumo Gallants 4-1 Al-Akhdar
TP Mazembe 3-1 Réal Bamako
ASEC Mimosas 0-0 Motema Pembe
Diables Noirs 3-0 Rivers United
ASKO de Kara 1-1 Future
Monastir 2-0 Young Africans