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Thursday, December 7, 2023

CAF Confederation Cup: Kwara United storm back to defeat RS Berkane

Sunday’s first leg matchups from the 2022-23 CAF Confederation Cup Second Round generally saw the favorites set themselves up to advance in the return games but Nigeria’s Kwara United stole the show. The Harmony Boys took down defending CAFCC champions RS Berkane of Morocco by a 3-1 score in Lagos to give themselves a lead to defend next week in Morocco. Burkinabé striker Djibril Ouattara gave RSB the lead in the 7th minute but three goals in the final twenty minutes completed an excellent comeback for the hosts.

The other North African clubs in action were more successful in managing their first leg matchups. Egypt’s Future FC came out of Liberia with a 2-0 advantage after defeating Sierra Leonean champions Kallon FC while Algeria’s USM Alger left the Togolese capital of Lomé with a 2-0 victory as well. ASFAR, in the competition as winners of Morocco’s Coupe du Trône, easily dispatched Guinean club Ashanti Golden Boys 4-0 and Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien played Fasil Kenema to a 0-0 draw in Ethiopia.

Zambia’s ZESCO United fared well in South Africa with a 0-0 draw at Royal AM, giving ZESCO an excellent opportunity to clinch advancement at home. South Africa’s other representative, Marumo Gallants, won 3-1 in Madagascar against Elgeco Plus and will look to complete the job in Polokwane next week.

All of Sunday’s scores and highlights are below.


Elgeco Plus (Madagascar) 1-3 Marumo Gallants (South Africa)

Fasil Kenema (Ethiopia) 0-0 CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

Royal AM (South Africa) 0-0 ZESCO United (Zambia)

Kwara United (Nigeria) 3-1 RS Berkane (Morocco)

Kallon FC (Sierra Leone) 0-2 Future FC (Egypt)

ASC Kara (Togo) 0-2 USM Alger (Algeria)

ASFAR (Morocco) 4-0 Ashanti GB (Guinea)


Kwara United 3-0 RS Berkane

ASC Kara 0-2 USM Alger

ASFAR 4-0 Ashanti GB

Elgeco Plus 1-3 Marumo Gallants