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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 March 2007, 15:47 GMT
Ahly held by Highlanders
Egyptian club Ahly
Ahly were held to a 0-0 draw in Zimbabwe by Highlanders

Ahly of Egypt began their defence of their African Champions League title with a surprise 0-0 draw against Highlanders in Zimbabwe on Sunday.

The Egyptian club had to play the game without several key players, including Mohamed Barakat and African Club Player of the Year Mohamed Aboutrika.

In Mozambique Desportivo Maputo came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns.

The visitors opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a goal from Surprise Moriri before Micas levelled things up with 21 minutes of the game remaining.

There was another draw in Madagascar as Adema drew 2-2 with the DR Congo's TP Mazembe.

Adema's goals came from Ngoyi Mbomboko and Eddy Randriamihaja while Mputu Mabi and Lusadisu Basisila were on the scoresheet for Mazembe.

Tanzania's Young Africans caused something of a surprise with a 3-0 win over the visiting Petro Atletico of Angola.

Petro's Renato scored an own goal to put the Tanzanians ahead in the 77th minute heading into his own net as he attempted make a clearance.

The scoring was completed with goals from Abdi Kassim and second half substitute Mrisho Ngasa, who both beat Petro's World Cup keeper Ricardo.

St George of Ethiopia edeged past Congo's Etoile 1-0 thanks to a 62nd minute goal from Tinner.

Rwanda's APR beat Maranatha Fiokpo of Togo 2-0 in Kigali with second-half goals from Rassou Abbas Joseph Bwalya.

Nigeria's Nasarawa United thrashed visitors Ports Authority of Gambia 3-0.

Asec Mimosas of the Ivory Coast began their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over Sierra Leone's FC Kallon in Freetown on Saturday.

The Ivorians, who reached the semi-finals last year, won thanks to a goal in the 31st minute from Gildas Labi Kassiati.

FC Kallon should have drawn level in the second half when they were awarded a penalty but substitute Alusine Kamara could only hit the post before the ball was cleared by Asec.

There was also a win on Saturday for another Ivorian side as Sewe Sport beat the visiting Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon 1-0.

Miezan Koffi Aka scored the only goal of the game in the 56th-minute.

On Friday Esperance of Tunisia beat visiting Zanaco of Zambia 2-0.

Chakib Lachkham put the 1994 champions ahead after 26 minutes before a 25,000 crowd at the Al-Menzah Stadium in Tunis.

Kamel Zaiem then converted a disputed 59th-minute penalty.

Zanaco official Chisa Chonga however is hopeful of a comeback in the return leg in Lusaka in two weeks time.

"Esperance are not a good team and I want to assure our supporters we can beat them at home," he said.

"The biggest disappointment was our failure to take several good scoring chances," said Chonga.

2007 Champs Lge
27 Feb 07 |  African


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