Sadomba goal defeats Al-Ahly
Zimbabwean Edward Sadomba scored as Libyans Al-Ahly Benghazi upset Egyptians Al-Ahly 1-0 this weekend in a CAF Champions League qualifier.
Sadomba struck midway through the second half of a last-16, first leg match moved to Tunisia because of security concerns in Libya.
Veteran Egyptian defender Wael Gomaa failed to cut off a knock-down from a long free-kick and Sadomba fired past goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy from point-blank range.
The 30-year-old match-winner, who has also played in South Africa, Mozambique, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, has netted four Champions League goals this season.
Sadomba netted twice in a preliminary triumph over Chadians Foullah Edifice and once against Ghanaians Berekum Chelsea in the first round.
His latest goal creates an intriguing return match against the defending champions next weekend in Red Sea resort El-Gouna.
Ahly, chasing a record third consecutive title, are in a similar situation to the previous round, where they lost 1-0 away to Tanzanians Young Africans.
A 1-0 home win for the Cairo ‘Red Devils’ took the tie to a penalty shootout with the eight-time African champions squeezing through
Benghazi, who made little impression in four previous Champions League appearances, fielded a multi-national line-up
Apart from Harare-born Sadomba, they started with Nigerians Solomon Jabason and Moses Orkuma and Egyptian Ahmed Eid.
Coach Tarek El-Ashry is also Egyptian and believes that if Benghazi eliminate the title-holders, they can become the first Libyan winners of the 50-year competition.
His side had the upper hand throughout at Stade Chedli Zouiten in Tunis with Ekramy foiling Ahmed Zuway and Sadomba during the opening half.
The woodwork prevented Farag Mbarak scoring soon after halftime with Ekramy well beaten and the Egyptians were continually on the back foot.
Fellow Egyptians Zamalek, the second most successful Champions League club with five titles between 1984 and 2002, held Nkana 0-0 in Zambia.
Nkana entered the game desperate to end a 30-year jinx that has seen them eliminated from the competition four times by the Cairo ‘White Knights’.
But the team that scored nine goals in four matches en route to the second round, could not find a way past veteran goalkeeper Abdul Wahed El-Sayed.
The result confirmed the defensive strength of Zamalek, who have not conceded a goal in five Champions League games this season.
Regular scorers Simon Bwalya and Ronald Kampamba threatened early on for 1990 runners-up Nkana, but ran out of ideas against a seven-man Zamalek barricade.
Tunisians Esperance, champions once and runners-up twice in the past four editions, seem set for the group phase after holding giant-killers Real Bamako 1-1 in Mali.
Haythem Jouini put the ‘Blood and Gold’ ahead midway through the opening half and Moussa Doumbia levelled for Real 12 minutes from time.
The Malians eliminated two former champions, Moroccans FAR Rabat and Nigerians Enyimba, in previous rounds.