Holders Setif draw in Gambia, Mazembe lose in African Champions League

Ahram Online , Saturday 14 Mar 2015

ES Setif
Entente Sportive de Setif of Algeria celebrate with the trophy after winning the African Champions League final soccer match against AS Vita Club of Democratic Republic of the Congo, at Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Blida November 1, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Holders ES Setif of Algeria settled for a 1-1 draw away to Gambia's Real de Banjul while four-time winners TP Mazembe lost 1-0 at South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of the African Champions League round of 32 on Saturday.

Midfielder Modou Jallow gave De Bajul a surprise lead nine minutes after the interval but Setif's Mohamed Bouchar restored parity with a 74th-minute strike.

Fancied Mazembe could face an early elimination after slumping to a 1-0 defeat by Sundowns, thanks to a goal from Khama Billiat four minutes from time.

Morocco's Raja Casablanca edged close to a place in the last 16 after Nigerian striker Ighadalo Osaguona scored after seven minutes to give them a 1-0 away victory over South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs.

Stade Malien are also on the verge of a last-16 berth after beating Mangasport 3-1 in Gabon.

Cameroon's Cotonsport were held to a 0-0 home draw by DR Congo's Sanga Balende while Sudan's Merreikh claimed a 2-0 home win over Kabuscorp of Angola.

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