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Zamalek achieved a 3-1 victory against Rayon Sport while Smouha and Petrojet were defeated by Nigerian giants Enyimba and Malian side Djoliba respectively in the first legs of the CAF competitions’ rounds of 32.
Enyimba 1-0 Smouha
Smouha’s game in the CAF Champions League round of 32 on Sunday finished 1-0 for the hosts – Nigerian heavyweights Enyimba – with the only goal scored by Cameroonian striker Rafael Boumsong in the 52nd minute of the match.
Smouha knocked out Al-Ahli Tripoli from the previous round, qualifying the Alexandrian Blues to the round of 32 for the first time in the club’s history.
Smouha and Al Ahly are Egypt’s only representatives in the CAF Champions League this season, with Petrojet and Zamalek competing for their first CAF Confederation Cup title.
Zamalek 3-1 Rayon Sport
A brace from Ahmed Eid topped off by a goal from Ahmed Tawfik saw Zamalek earn a 3-1 win in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Rayon Sport.
It was 3-0 at half-time following a first-half blitz from the Whites. Eid opened the scoring from the spot after just six minutes and Rayon Sport had a penalty of their own which was denied by Ahmed El-Shennawy, minutes before Tawfik doubled the hosts’ lead with a great individual piece of skill. Veteran midfielder Ahmed Eid then completed his brace on the stroke of half-time.
Zamalek slowed down in the second half, but Isaac Muganza pulled one back for the visitors in the 53rd minute, giving the Rwandese side hope ahead of the return leg as the match ended 3-1.
Djoliba 2-1 Petrojet
Petrojet also lost to their opponents, Djoliba, as the game ended 2-1 in favour of the Malian side in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup round of 32.
The Egyptian visitors were losing 2-0 before Bilal Gamal scored his side’s only goal in the second half.
Petrojet football director Mahmoud Abaza commented on the match’s result, saying: “We achieved a positive result in Mali, God’s will we will qualify in the second leg.”
“The referee’s decisions were good in the second half. We wasted 2 chances to score in the game’s dying minutes,” he added.