Leaders look over their shoulders
Nigeria Premier League: Enyimba find away win
Former African champions Enyimba’s away win over Heartland FC left them just one point off leaders Enugu Rangers, who were held to a draw at struggling Niger Tornadoes. Rangers have 23 points after their first 12 games of a 38-match schedule, while defending champions Dolphin FC stay joint-third with Kano Pillars on 19 points.
Big game: Enyimba came from behind to beat Heartland in an action-filled thriller in Enugu. Kabiru Umar gave the home side a seventh-minute lead, but Enyimba replied with goals from Chinonso Okonkwo and Ndube Anajemba. After half-time, Henry Uche netted a third goal to set Enyimba on their way to their first away triumph of the season.
Headline-grabbers: A stunning long-range free-kick from Ejike Uzoenyi continued to build upon the international winger's fast-growing reputation at Enugu Rangers. Uzoenyi made his Super Eagles debut last month at the start of the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and despite Nigeria’s draw in Rwanda came away with widespread plaudits.
Tunisia Ligue 1: Bizerte stay unbeaten
CA Bizertin maintained their unbeaten start to the season and a four-point lead at the top of the table, but they will now surely be feeling the breath of African champions Esperance behind them. Both clubs were winners at the weekend, and Esperance are four points behind in second place but with a match in hand. AS Marsa also have 22 following with a surprise 1-0 away win over Etoile Sahel, who stay fourth.
Big game: Etoile Sahel had been keeping early pace with Bizertin but are now nine points off the pace after losing for a second team inside a week. After a midweek loss to Esperance, unbeaten Marsa beat them in Sousse with a penalty just after the hour mark from Bilel Ben Messaoud. It means that new German coach Bernd Krauss has lost two of his first three games in charge of Etoile.
Headline-grabbers: Cameroon striker Yannick Ndjeng scored twice in as many minutes to lift Esperance to a 3-1 win over Olympique Beja at the El Menzah Stadium. He also went top of the league’s goal scoring charts with eight goals, and joins club-mate Youssef Msakni as one of the top candidates to depart the club for a European side once the season is completed.
Ghana Premier League: Kotoko now lead by nine
Asante Kotoko’s run at the title garnered further momentum as they extended to seven games their unbeaten run and to nine points their lead at the top of the standings. Hearts of Oak slipped back further after being held to a goalless draw at home by Team Youth. Third-placed Berekum Chelsea are now 11 points behind in the race to defend their title after losing to Heart of Lions.
Big game: Asante Kotoko's last league loss came in December against Wa All Stars, but they exacted revenge for that defear with a comfortable 2-0 win in Kumasi at the weekend. Ben Acheampong scored the opening goal for Kotoko after 16 minutes and new signing Prince Baffoe added a second on debut after the break.
Headline-grabbers: Emmanuel Baffour’s latest goal came from the penalty spot but the New Edubiase striker has now netted 15 times in the league this season, which means he leads the scoring chart by seven goals from his nearest challenger. Baffour was among the scorers as his club came from two goals down to draw at home to Liberty Professionals in Bekwai.
Cameroon Elite One: Leopards leap into lead
It might still be the early stages of the season, but there is a familiar feel to the campaign already as Coton Sport lead by one point over Unisport Bafang after making an unbeaten start in their first eight games. The Garoua outfit, who have won eight of the last nine championships, have 18 points to Unisport’s 17.
Big game: Coton Sport beat Astres Douala 2-0 to record their fourth win from the latest five matches. It ended a run of three wins in four games for the side from Douala and emphasised the strength of the defending champions.
Headline-grabbers: The only club to break the stranglehold on the championship by Coton Sport in the last decade have been Tiko United. They were champions in 2009 but three seasons later now find themselves in last place in the standings. Tiko have not won a single game this season and have just three points from their first eight games, losing their latest match to Unisport Bafang.
A come-from-behind win over Muhoroni Youth has put AFC Leopards into the lead in Kenya.
Zambia’s Premier League will kick off on 24 March, but champions Power Dynamos will not play on the opening weekend because of CAF Champions League commitments.
The remainder of Egypt's league season has been cancelled due to the Port Said stadium tragedy.