Mamelodi Sundowns secured a home win over Congo side AC Leopards, but both Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits suffered setbacks in their respective continental campaigns.
CAF Champions League
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 AC Leopards
The Brazilians were in charge for most of the 90 minutes, playing some scintillating football at times, and could have won the first round, first leg tie by a larger margin had they been more clinical in front of goal, the Pretoria side also missing a late penalty through Anthony Laffor.
Two outstanding goals, either side of half time, by Keagan Dolly and Leonardo Castro nevertheless gave Downs a deserved lead ahead of Saturday’s upcoming second leg tie in Dolisie, Congo.
Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 ASEC Mimosas
Chiefs paid the penalty for not taking the chances they carved out throughout the evening at the FNB Stadium.
Adama Bakayoko’s 55th minute proved to be the match winner on the night. AmaKhosi have a daunting second leg tie of this first round clash to come at the Stade Robert Champroux Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, next Saturday, but are by no means out this tie yet.
CAF Confederation Cup
Bidvest Wits 0-3 Azam FC
The Clever Boys found the club from Tanzania too hot to handle at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening. Salum Abubakar fired in from long range in the 51st minute, Shomari Kapombe capitalizing from close range in the 57th minute, before John Bocco slotted in from a tight angle to complete a 10 minute second half blitz from the away team.
The return game is also this coming Saturday (19 March), at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.