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Comfortable passages for former African club champions

11 February 2007 12:19

CAIRO (AFP) - Former winners Esperance of Tunisia, JS Kabylie of Algeria and Zamalek of Egypt cruised into the second round of the African Champions League this weekend.

New Moroccan striker Mohamed Aboucherouane scored twice as Esperance beat Renaissance of Chad 2-1 in N´Djamena to complete a 6-1 aggregate victory for the 1994 title holders.

Oumar Dabo was also on target twice as 1981 and 1990 champions Kayblie overcame Balantas of Guinea Bissau 2-1 in Bissau after building a 3-1 first-leg lead in Algiers two weeks ago.

A first-half goal by veteran midfielder Hazem Emam earned Zamalek, champions a record-equalling five times, a 1-0 win over Vital´O of Burundi in Bujumbura and they progressed 5-1 on aggregate.

Another former winner of the premier African club competition, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, lost 2-1 to Mauritel of Mauritania in Nouakchott after Portuguese coach Jose Romao walked out on the eve of the tie.

But 1992 title holders Wydad were comfortable overall winners, having established a 4-0 lead at home in a competition carrying a first prize of one million dollars.

Al-Hilal of Sudan, APR of Rwanda, AS Douanes of Senegal, Zanaco of Zambia and Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon also secured places in the second of three qualifying rounds for the eight-club group phase.

Hilal, runners-up in 1987 and 1992, completed a double over Polisi of Zanzibar by winning 2-0 on the east African island after developing a 4-0 lead in Omdurman.

Military club APR were another team to win at home and away, defeating Saint Eloi Lupopo of the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in Kigali for a 4-1 aggregate triumph.

Manfred Kitizo gave the East and Central Africa champions an early lead at a packed Amahoro Stadium in the Rwandan capital and Ugandan Vincent Kayizzi added a second with 59 minutes gone.

AS Douanes of Senegal overcame Stade Malien of Mali 2-0 in Dakar to confirm their superiority in the west African derby having won 2-1 in Bamako last month.

Zanaco found minnows Likhopo of Lesotho difficult to break down in Lusaka after a goalless first leg and waited 48 minutes in Lusaka before scoring the only goal of the tie.

Likhopo goalkeeper Lerata Tsalong failed to hold a Frazer Mwewa drive and leading club scorer Winstone Kalengo pounced to the relief of a capacity crowd at Sunset Stadium.

Cotonsport Garoua, desperate to reach the pool phase after four consecutive failures, forced a 0-0 draw with Revenue Authority of Uganda in Kampala to sail through on the back of a three-goal first-leg victory.

ASO Chlef of Algeria and Astres Douala of Cameroon won at home and advanced to the second round of the African Confederation Cup for national cup winners and select third-placed league teams.

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