Zimbabwean Edward Sadomba was the ironic destroyer-in-chief as Harare club CAPS United crashed 5-0 away to Al-Hilal of Sudan in the CAF Confederation Cup at the weekend.
Sadomba inflicted misery on his compatriots in Omdurman by completing a 14-minute hat-trick during the first half which ended with the local team four goals ahead in a fourth round, first leg qualifier.
Even the sending off of Mali-born Hilal defender Barry Demba on the hour mark did not spare CAPS further punishment with Mudather Ibrahim completing the unexpected rout with a second half goal.
CAPS, a club that has long lived in the domestic shadow of more popular Harare neighbours Dynamos, had conceded only four goals in six qualifiers against Swazi, South African and Nigerian rivals.
Hilal were among eight clubs downgraded to the second-tier African club competition after losing final-round qualifiers for the CAF Champions League group phase.
Sadomba, a 27-year-old native of Harare, is the only Zimbabwean playing in Sudan after being transferred from a South African Premiership club he joined and left without playing for.
Johannesburg outfit Wits University had too many non-South Africans players so lent Sadomba to Mozambican club Atletico Muculmana before selling him to Hilal, who have dominated Sudanese football for decades along with Al-Merreikh.
The hat-trick was a timely boost for Sadomba, who failed to score in four Champions League outings this year against Africa Sports and Ifacesmailia.
While Hilal are virtually assured of being among the eight qualifiers for the group phase after the return match over the weekend of 30 July-1 August, expensively-assembled Merreikh are staring elimination in the .
A last-minute own goal salvaged a 2-2 home draw against surprise packets AS FAN of Niger, whose earlier victims included multi African title winners Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.
Ragei Abdelati gave Merreikh a first-minute lead but goals from Mohamed Abdoulaye and Ibrahim Aboubacar nudged the Niamey-based military club ahead before Abdoulkader Amadou put the ball into his net.
Mohamed Zubya notched goals early in the first half and midway through the second to earn Al-Ittihad of Libya a 2-0 win over Primeiro Agosto of Angola in Tripoli.
Zanaco of Zambia, SuperSport United of South Africa and Gaborone United of Botswana also won at home while Petro Atletico of Angola and Djoliba of Mali are in trouble after goalless draws before their supporters.