InterClube complete late turnaround
Moco scored two late goals as Angolan police team InterClube defeated Moroccan visitors Moghreb Fes 2-1 today in a dramatic African Confederation Cup semi-final. A defensive blunder in Luanda gifted the North Africans a 39th-minute lead through Abdelhadi Halhoul and they were still in front with just six minutes left of the first leg.
But the first Angolan club to reach the last four of the second-tier African club competition have made a habit of scoring late goals and this time Moco did the damage, with the winner coming in the final minute. InterClube had scored twice in the final four minutes of a play-off with another Moroccon side, Difaa al-Jadida, to take a commanding three-goal first-leg lead in a mid-year play-off.
The never-say-die spirit of the policemen was evident again late in the group phase as they turned a deficit against Tunisian visitors Club Africain into a 2-1 triumph thanks to a goal two minutes from full-time. Despite suffering their first defeat in eight African games, Moghreb remain favourites to progress after the 30 October return match and Club Africain are likely to win the other semi-final.
The Tunis club triumphed 1-0 away to surprise side Sunshine Stars of Nigeria on Saturday, with Chad striker Ezechiel Ndouassel snatching the winner nine minutes into the second half.