Day 2 of the CAF Champions League continued on Saturday December 2. TP Mazembe came from behind to beat Mamelodi Sundowns in a top-of-the-table clash. Nouadhibou FC recorded a fine victory over Pyramids, while Wydad AC and Etoile Sahel are still not off the ground.
TP Mazembe take Sundowns by storm
It was the match of the 2nd day of the CAF CL. TP Mazembe hosted Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday November 2.The Congolese club won 1-0. The Crows were freed by Glody Likonza on the hour mark (60th). The Congolese held on to their one-goal advantage for the remainder of the match. Thanks to this victory against a direct competitor for qualification to the second round, TP Mazembe are back on track. The mythical Congolese club had lost to Pyramids FC (1-0) on the first day.
Heroic victory for Nouadhibou against Pyramids
In the same group as TP Mazembe and Mamelodi Sundowns, FC Nouadhibou needed to strike a blow at home against Pyramids FC. The Mauritanians had lost on the opening day to the South Africans (3-0) and they didn't hold back. The Mauritanian champions beat the Egyptian club by a 2-0 margin. They opened the scoring in the 4th minute, before wrapping up the match in second-half stoppage time (90+4).
Nouadhibou picked up three precious points despite being outnumbered for much of the match. Demini Saleck was sent off in the 48th minute. Nevertheless, the Mauritanian club kick-started their campaign with 3rd place in a 3-point group. They will host TP Mazembe (2nd) on Matchday 3 on December 9.
Etoile Sahel's poor performance
Beaten 2-0 by ES Tunis on the first day of the CAF LDC, Etoile Sahel had an opportunity to bounce back against Petro Luanda on Saturday December 2. The Tunisian club failed to seize the opportunity. Worse still, they lost at home to the Angolans (0-2). The Tunisians were punished twice by Alexandre Guedes. First, the Portuguese striker struck in first-half stoppage time (45+4). He then struck again just after the hour mark (67th).
With two defeats in as many games, the Tunisian club has not taken off and finds itself in 4th place. A tricky position at a time when their opponents are leading the group with 6 points. Al Hilal and ES Tunis are 2nd and 3rd respectively on goal difference.
Wydad fall again
Things are not getting any better for Wydad AC at the start of the CAF CL campaign. The Moroccans were once again involved after losing to AS FAR (3-1) on the first day. This time, it was against ASEC Mimosas that Wydad came up short (1-0). Travelling to Côte d'Ivoire, the Moroccan club fell to defeat after conceding a goal 18 minutes from time (72nd).
Sankara William Karamoko, who came on as a substitute, scored the only goal of the game to put his team on the right track. With this victory, ASEC recorded 4 points and now lead the B division on equal points with Jwaneng Galaxy. The Botswanan club were held at home by Simba SC (0-0).