Leaders stumble in Senegal, Angola
Senegal’s US Ouakam have been headed all season for a first-ever title since the club was first founded in 1951 but nerves are beginning to show as they approach the final straight. Kabuscorp also lost in Angola and are now in a three-way tie at the top. Red Arrows got a bonus in Zambia as their closest challenger was toppled, while Tusker also took advantage of their rivals’ defeat to go top in Kenya.
Senegal Ligue 1: Leaders held in check
Leaders US Ouakam were beaten at the weekend to check their potential romp to the Ligue 1 title, but they still have a healthy six-point lead over the chasing pack with five games to play in the season. Casa Sport from Ziguinchor won away to go into joint second with Diaraf Dakar, who could only manage a goalless draw in their game at relegation-threatened Dahra.
Big game: Ouakam, from the suburbs of the capital Dakar, had a six-match unbeaten run ended in Saint-Louis where local favourites Linguere beat them 2-1. The win means the provincial side have completed a home-and-away double over Ouakam this season, but more importantly they have done the rest of the title-chasing teams a major favour as the league reaches a crucial juncture.
Headline-grabbers: Abdoulaye Badiane scored twice in the space of six minutes in the first half to help move Jeanne d’Arc away from a shock flirtation with possible relegation. Jeanne d’Arc have won 10 previous championships, only one off the record set by neighbours Diaraf Dakar, but they are staring a possible drop starkly in the face. Their 2-0 win over Niary Tally means they are now one point away from making it out of the bottom two.
Zambia Super Division: Arrows pointing the way
Top easily beat bottom as Red Arrows extended their lead to five points by handily thumping last-placed Kalewa 3-0. But they got an even bigger boost when Power Dynamos suffered a surprise home loss to Nkana FC and are now joined in second place by Konkola Blades, who won 1-0 at army club Green Buffaloes.
Big game: Between them Zanaco and Zesco United have won eight of the last nine championships and their head-to-head meeting still commands rapt attention, even if both are off the pace in the current campaign. Potipher Zulu’s early goal, followed by a second half effort from Winstone Kalengo, handed caretaker coach Masauso Mwale a first win in charge of defending champions Zesco, who snapped a five-match winless streak.
Headline-grabbers: Bruce Masankaya’s double saw Red Arrows sprint into the lead and Songwe Chalwe, recently back from a five-year stint in South Africa added the third before the break, as the air force team made light work of Kalewa. The clean sheet meant the side have only let in nine goals in 17 matches as coach George Lwandamina continues to receive plaudits for the organisation of his side.
Kenya Premier League: Tusker pull ahead
Tusker FC have re-established themselves as the sole proprietor on the top of the league as they went two points clear of Posta Rangers. Tusker’s win over SoNy Sugar pushed them up to 36 points, two more than Rangers who drew at home to AFC Leopards. Champions Ulinzi Stars won a second successive game to get back into the frame on 33 points.
Big game: Gor Mahia’s status among Kenya’s most popular clubs comes despite not having won the league since 1995, but they have high hopes this year after beating Western Stima 1-0 away to go fourth, three behind the leaders. Kevin Omondi scored the winner seven minutes from time after the home side had Kevin Amwayi sent off for a second bookable offence.
Headline-grabbers: Hillary Echesa announced his arrival from Tanzanian club Simba by grabbing the only goal for his new club Tusker at the Nyayo National Stadium. He arrived as part of a trio of high-profile signings in the mid-season transfer window and got the vital goal exactly on the hour mark.
Angola Girabola: Three-way tie at the top
Three clubs now share top place in the Girabola after leaders Kabuscorp lost again and were joined on 34 points by Petro Atletico and Receativo Libolo. Premiero Agosto are a further two points back as the league now moves into the final third of the season.
Big game: Petro had won in midweek against champions InterClube but showed the fatigue of that battle in a 1-1 draw at the weekend with Onze Bravos. Petro needed an equaliser two minutes from time to ensure a precious point as Kembua scored in response to Marcelo’s opening goal for the hosts at Luena’s Estadio Mundunduleno.
Headline-grabbers: Buba and Vidigal were the scorers for Recreativo Caala as they inflicted a 2-1 defeat on leaders Kabuscorp, whose season is floundering after just a single win in their last four games. The club are blaming a series of unfortunate injuries for their sudden slump.
All leagues games in Côte d’Ivoire were postponed after a period of national mourning was declared following a bus crash which claimed almost 40 lives last Friday. Champions Motor Action had a chance to take over as leaders in Zimbabwe’s Premier League but lost 3-2 to Hwange at the weekend. Al Merreikh beat Al Amal 3-2 away to make it 17 wins from 18 games in Sudan this season.