Wydad beat Enyimba, Mazembe edge Esperance in African Football League

ِAhram Online, Sunday 22 Oct 2023

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and TP Mazembe of DR Congo secured narrow victories over their rivals in the first leg of the African Football League quarterfinals on Sunday.

Wydad captain Yahya Jabrane scores a penalty against Enyimba 1-0 on Sunday. Photo: AFL twitter account.


Mazembe hosted Esperance Sportive of Tunisia in Lubumbashi and won 1-0 thanks to a header from Cheikh Fofana in the 11th minute. The goal came from a corner delivered by Philippe Kinzumbi. 

The Tunisians pressed for an equalizer but were frustrated by a solid Mazembe backline.

Wydad travelled to Uyo, Nigeria, and beat Enyimba 1-0. The decisive goal was scored by Wydad skipper Yahya Jabrane from the penalty spot in the 39th minute. 

Enyimba had opportunities to level the score but failed to convert them. In injury time, Enyimba defender Somiari Alalibo was shown a red card after VAR review.

The second leg will be played on Wednesday in Casablanca with the winners of the tie progressing to the semifinal to face the winner between Mazembe and Esperance who will face off in the same day at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Tunisia

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