Enyimba falls at home as away teams excel in CAF Champions League

Enyimba players warming up before a match.

Enyimba players warming up before a match.

Victories for Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Zamalek of Egypt on Sunday made it a great weekend for away clubs in the CAF Champions League.

After hosts Zesco United of Zambia won the first matchday 1 game Saturday, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco set a trend of victories by visiting teams in the premier African club competition.

Goals from Tiyani Mabunda and Khama Billiat earned Sundowns a 2-0 win at twice champions Entente Setif of Algeria in a Group B match marred by crowd trouble.

Frustrated home supporters hurled plastic bottles on the pitch, forcing a temporary halt to play during the closing stages.

Sundowns, eliminated in the final qualifying round only to be reinstated when V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo were disqualified, scored two superb goals.

Mabunda struck in the first half with a long-range shot and Billiat dribbled past several defenders before slipping the ball into the net during the second half.

An early headed goal by Bassem Morsy earned Zamalek a 1-0 win in Nigeria over Enyimba, who scored 10 goals in three home matches during qualifying.

Both teams battled to pass accurately on a pitch soaked by torrential rain in the southeastern city of Port Harcourt.

Zesco upset record eight-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt 3-2 and Wydad won 1-0 at ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in other games.

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