In what has pumped up the belief that East African soccer is on the rise, Ugandan side Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) gunned down African giants Al Ahly 2-0 in their Group A Day Two clash on Tuesday 15 May in Kampala.
The shocking result presented KCCA’s first win in the Group after going down by a solitary goal to Township Rollers in their first group game.
After a goalless first half, the eight-time African champions went behind in the 73rd minute when midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma picked up an Allan Okello pass to fire past El Shenawy for the opener. The home side sealed the entire points through a penalty awarded when lanky defender Amro Elsoulia brought down Derrick Nsibambi inside the goal area and Timothy Awany stepped up to double the hosts' lead.
On the same day, in another match in Group A, Esperance rose to the top of the group after a 4-1 victory over Township Rollers of Botswana in Rades-Tunis.
The home side took the lead in the 26th minute when a header from Township defender, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, went the way of Belaili and he made no mistake to break the deadlock but the visitors restored parity through Segolame Boy whose free-kick four minutes before the break beat Esperance goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia.
Anice Badri restored Esperance’s lead 36 seconds into the second half from a Bilel Mejri assist and the latter scored a third for the home side 15 minutes from time. In added-on time, Badri completed his brace by rounding of four Rollers defenders before firing past a hapless Masule to wrap up victory.
Esperance leads the pack on four points, Rollers and KCCA of Uganda follow in that order with three points each, whilst Egyptian giants Al Ahly sit at the bottom on a point.
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