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Dynamos on course for Champions League group phase

Esperance's Nigerian striker Michael Eneramo
Nigerian striker Michael Eneramo scored for Esperance against Merreikh

Zimbabwe's Dynamos come from behind to beat Gaborone United of Botswana 4-1 in their third round, first leg Champions League qualifier.

Mandla Mgadla put Gaborone United ahead in the 29th minute, but the Zimbabweans scored twice just before half-time, through Dylan Chivandire and Benjamin Marere.

Farai Vimisayi made it 3-1 on 56 minutes, and with seven minutes remaining, substitute Evans Gwekwerere scored Dynamos fourth goal with his first touch of the ball.

"I know we're going to qualify for the group stage and we're going to reach the final this year, it's our year," Gwekwerere told BBC Sport.

Holders TP Mazembe of DR Congo secured a crucial 1-0 away win over Malian side Djoliba in Bamako ahead of the return in two weeks' time.

Captain Mputu Mabi scored the only goal of the game after converting a penalty six minutes after the interval.

Ismailia of Egypt also got an away win after beating after beating Al Hilal of Sudan thanks to Mohamed Homos' strike just before the break.

Second-half goals from Fares Hamiti and Mohamed Aoudia helped Algeria's JS Kabylie to defeat Petro Atletico of Angola 2-0.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Nigerian club Heartland took a giant stride towards the group phase by holding SuperSport United to a 1-1 draw.

ThankGod Ike put the 2009 runners-up ahead after three minutes and Thabo September levelled six minutes before half-time for the South Africans in a final round, first leg qualifier.

A scrappy second half saw United on top territorially, but unable to take advantage in a game that delivered few highlights for a couple of hundred spectators huddled in the main stand.

"We were the better team and the Heartland players did not impress me by constantly falling over and wasting time. It will be difficult in Nigeria, but we have a chance," said SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt.

Heartland coach Kelechi Emetole conceded: "The boys began well and then became disorganised. SuperSport were the better team and we were lucky to escape with a draw."

A slippery pitch and the first taste of winter in the South African financial capital did not help, but the champions of South Africa and Nigeria should be capable of much better.

Elsewhere Algerian side Entente Setif managed a 1-0 win over Zambian club Zanaco.

The home side won the game thanks to a long range effort from Mourad Delhoum on 74 minutes.

Setif could have won the game by a wider margin but Setifian Hemani wasted a penalty with only four minutes remaining.

Meanwhile, Libyan champions Al Ittihad strolled to a confident 2-0 win over six-time champions Al Ahly in the first leg game on Friday

Younes Shibani and Ahmed Zuway struck in each half to give the Tripoli-based side the first-leg advantage over the Egyptians.

The victory marked revenge for the Libyan champions, who were edged out by the Cairo giants at the semi-final stage in 2007.

Zuway created the opener on 13 minutes when he flicked the ball into the path of central defender Shibani, who headed in to put the home side ahead.

Zuway then wrapped up the victory on 73 minutes, with another header from a corner.

Meanwhile, Esperance of Tunisia easily beat visiting Sudanese side Al Merreikh 3-0 in their tie on Friday.

The hosts opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Nigerian striker Michael Enaramo headed home a free-kick.

Aymen Ben Amor then scored with a spectacular volley from the edge of the area that flew into the top corner of the goal to double the lead for Esperance in the 22nd minute.

Five minutes later Oussama Darragi sent the Merreikh goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it 3-0.

Merreikh's best chance in the first half was a long range effort that was well-saved by Esperance goalkeeper Wassim Naouara.

The Sudanese side were unlucky not to pull back a goal in the second half when they hit the post twice in quick succession in the 66th minute.

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