Democratic Republic of Congo side Daring Club Motema Pembe brushed aside domestic woes to record the biggest win of the weekend in the African Confederation Cup. The experienced international campaigners from capital city Kinshasa defeated Central African Republic visitors Anges Fatima 3-0 in a first round, first leg qualifier for the second-tier continental competition.
Diavita Dama put the 1994 African Cup Winners Cup champions ahead at the 80,000-capacity Martyrs Stadium and further goals from Fabien Tshilembi and Kokola Manopi emphasised the superiority of the hosts. Victory was a welcome diversion for Pembe after their shock failure to reach the eight-club final phase of the national league owing to a pair of home and away losses to TC Elimba from the cocoa and coffee-producing western town of Matadi.
Playing in the competition for the first time, Leopards were well placed to emulate Pembe midway through the second half in Kenya thanks to a brace from Martin Imbalambala, with Ekene Umekwe adding a third. But Ethiopian outfit Banks pulled one goal back with just two minutes left thanks to Adi Hiritsa and raised hopes they can overcome the deficit when the clubs meet again in Addis Ababa later this month.
Armed forces team AS FAN scored early in each half through Insa Issoufou and Moctar Chaibou to triumph 2-0 against Ivory Coast visitors Issia Wazi, making their third consecutive Confederation Cup appearance.
Mozambique are long overdue a good run in an African club competition and Maputo-based Costa do Sol got off to an impressive start by defeating African newcomers Uniao Flamingo Santos of Botswana 2-0 in Maputo. Josimar 'Tiago' Machaisse, part of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad, scored three minutes into first half stoppage time and Ruby Pamara sealed success nine minutes from full-time.
Another African debutant to suffer a 2-0 reverse were Al-Amal from Sudan as Andre Lomani converted a mid-second half penalty for Rwandan opponents ATRACO in Kigali and the taxi company club added a second on 80 minutes.
Both Zimbabwean entrants won at home, but one-goal margins for CAPS United and Lengthens over Mbabane Highlanders of Swaziland and AS Adema of Madagascar means neither is sure of reaching the second round.
Caps United (Zimbabwe) 1-0 Mbabane Highlanders (Swaziland)
Pamplemousses (Mauritius) 1-1 Moroka Swallows (South Africa)
Athletico Olympic (Burundi) vs. Warri Wolves (Nigeria)
El Tersana (Libya) 1-1 C.R. Belouizdad (Algeria)
Atraco (Rwanda) 2-0 El Amal (Sudan)
Costa do Sol (Mozambique) 2-0 Uniao Flamingo Santos (Botswana)
Miembeni (Zanzibar) 2-2 Petrojet (Egypt)
Sewe San Pedro (Cote d’Ivoire) 2-1 US Forces Armees (Burkina Faso)
Benfica (Guinea-Bissau) vs. Baraka de Conakry (Guinea)
Jaraaf (Senegal) 2-1 FUS (Morocco)
Central Parade FC (Sierra Leone) vs. C.O. Bamako (Mali)
El Dragon (Equatorial Guinea) 2-3 AC Leopards (Congo)
AFC Leopards (Kenya) 3-1 Banks (Ethiopia)
Lengthens FC (Zimbabwe) 2-1 AS Adema (Madagascar)
AS FAN (Niger) 2-0 Issia Wazi (Cote D’ivoire)
AS Coton (Chad) 0-0 Ahly Tripoli (Libya)
Motema Pembe (DR Congo) 3-0 Anges Fatima (Central African Republic)