Senegal leaders trip, changes in Zambia
Senegal expected to have a new champion by the weekend but will have to wait a little longer as US Ouakam stumbled with the finish line in sight. The leaders in both Zambia and Zimbabwe were also unable to win at the weekend, while SOA and Stella are leading the way in Côte d’Ivoire,.
Senegal Championat National: Champagne on ice
The expected coronation of US Ouakam as champions for the first time did not happen as expected at the weekend as the side fell unexpectedly at home to Niary Tally, but they remain six points clear of Casa Sport with just two rounds to play. Having waited 60 years for a title, they face another week of anxious anticipation knowing that one point will be enough.
Big game: Niary Tally fell off the pace after an initially solid start to the season and were not expected to put a spanner in the spokes of Ouakam's history. But a goal three minutes after half-time from Mohamed Niang Ba ruined the party. Surprisingly, Ouakam have lost five times at home this season to just two defeats on the road.
Headline-grabbers: Ten time champions Jeanne d’Arc, who were CAF Champions League semi-finalists in 2004, kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation with a 1-1 draw at Dakar University Club, but are still second from bottom in the standings. They will be looking to beat Pikine at home in their penultimate game and get the needed points at bottom-placed HLM in order to avoid the unthinkable and drop down to the second division.
Côte d’Ivoire Ligue 1: Stella shooting for the stars
Stella d’Adjame extended to six points their lead in Group B of the Ligue 1 campaign after weekend success in their top-of-the-table clash against Djekanou. Dengeule Sport, after a goalless draw away at JCA, take over second place from Djekanou. With ASEC Mimosas playing in the CAF Confederation Cup at the weekend, SOA could have opened up a four-point lead in Group A, but they were held to a draw.
Big game: Stella had to wait only four minutes to get on the board, and the strike from Jacques Alain Tanoh proved the only one of the game. But Stella, coached by the Peruvian Carlos Roberto Paulette, did see the ball crash back off their crossbar and also went through eight minutes of stoppage time at the end before securing three vital points.
Headline-grabbers: Army club SOA have a two-point lead over ASEC Abidjan at the head of the Group A standings but have now played two matches more. SOA were involved in a six-goal thriller with Issa Wazi, stretching to six games their current unbeaten run.
Zambia Super Division: Chasing teams tumble
Power Dynamos have taken over as the new leaders, albeit on goal difference from Red Arrows. Dynamos won 3-0 away at Roan United to jump ahead of Arrows, who lost to Lime Hotspurs. In third, Konkola Blades lost ground after drawing at home, but defending champions Zesco United are bounding up the table after triumphing in the Copperbelt derby against Nkana FC.
Big game: Such was the tension in the crowd that the derby at Nkana Stadium had to be halted three times as Zesco came from behind to win 3-2 with a winning goal from Maybin Mwaba. Nkana scored first in the 34th minute through Evans Kangwa, but Zesco led at half-time after two quick goals from Winstone Kalengo and Alfred Luputa. Lameck Mwale made it 2-2 soon after the interval before Mwaba secured the winner in the 63rd minute.
Headline-grabbers: Under-23 international Felix Nyaende scored twice for Power Dynamos and now has four goals in two games. His double followed the opening goal of the game in Luanshya against home favourites Roan United from Lottie Phiri, who remains top scorer in the league.
Zimbabwe Premier League: Three-way tie at the top
For a second week, joint leaders Motor Action and Platinum FC drew, allowing the chasing pack to gain ground. Last week the two sides went head-to-head in a goalless stalemate, and this weekend both drew away as defending champions Motor Action got a point off Zimbabwe Saints in Bulawayo while FC Platinum drew 1-1 at Chicken Inn.
Big game: Denver Mukamba was the hero for Dynamos with two goals in their 3-1 win over 2009 champions Gunners that moves the club within three points of the leaders. Dynamos, whose other goal came from Roderick Mutuma, have now won three successive league games, two away from home. Mukamba gave them the lead before Gunners equalised through Mitchell Katsvairo. A slip from Gunners goalkeeper Byron Madzokere allowed Mutuma the chance to restore the lead in the 50th minute before Mukamba got his second.
Headline-grabbers: Evans Gwekwere was among the scorers as CAPS United picked up a needed win and put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Bulawayo giants Highlanders. New coach Lloyd Chitembwe now has two wins from his first three matches in charge as CAPS moved to ninth in the 16-team league.
AS Bate Nafadji and Hafia Conakry are neck-and-neck going into the final round of the Guinea Ligue 1 campaign. Malawi’s Civo United lost their first game of the season and have ceded the league leadership to MAFCO. Diables Noirs are the first side to qualify from the league groups in Congo and go through to the semi-finals.